I've been preparing for next week's filming in Italy, boning up on my Italian and reading an enormous book about our Founder's life (in Italian, of course). But I am also working on the Digital Catechesis workshop for Boston. And now I may be giving another (two-day) workshop for clergy on communications the week after I return from Rome. (I do not have a whole lot ready for that.) It's kind of a lot to fit into the space of four weeks.
Last night I was wondering about how I'm going to actually manage that, given that I also have to sleep, eat, pray and exercise. Every day, if possible. I remembered the advice given by the saints: When you have a lot to do, rather than increase your working hours, increase your prayer time. In other words, put it on the Lord's to-do list. This is just what Psalm says, "If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do the builders labor; in vain is your earlier rising, your going later to rest when he pours gifts on his loved ones while they slumber." So I resolved to add 20 or 30 minutes to my adoration time.
While I was eating my breakfast, I continued plowing ahead in that humongous biography of the Founder. Precisely today I reached a section which quoted from a letter written by his spiritual director, Ven. Francesco Chiesa. It was a little story in which the disciple says to the spiritual director: "I am overburdened with work! I just can't do it anymore! Tell me what I should leave off doing." And the director responds, "Add a quarter-hour to your Visit to the Blessed Sacrament."
I love it when our Lord is clear like that...