‘Don’t let ‘busyness’ eat up prayer time’ —CBCP official

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MANILA, Feb. 3, 2014—Despite modern distractions like 24/7 online connectivity, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reminds the faithful not to let go of daily prayer time. 

“That’s the first thing that is taken away from us, our time for prayer, because we spend so much time doing many things,” CBCP assistant secretary general Msgr. Bernard Pantin said during a holy mass at the CBCP chapel last January 30. 

Modern busyness 

According to him, the faithful seem to be ‘busy’ doing a lot of things like checking emails, watching TV, texting, but find it hard to set aside time for spiritual needs like prayer.  

“We spend so much time [doing many things], we just don’t notice it. But if we try to say the rosary, [we feel], it takes a long time to finish the rosary,” Msgr. Pantin added. 

Usually, the little time for prayer, he said, is the first thing to go when people are busy. 

The prayer investment  

Msgr. Pantin compared the spiritual life to business and how one’s relationship with God depends a lot on the time a person “invests” in prayer. 

“If it is true in business, it is also true in our spiritual life, in our relationship with God. If we invest more time with Him… the closer we become. If we spend less time with Him, then the little time that we have even that one will be taken away,” he explained further.  

Ending his homily, Msgr. Pantin encouraged the mass-goers, most of whom were CBCP employees, to ask the Lord for “courage and strength to see the things which are very important” in life. 

“We know that our life here on earth is just temporary. We have to prepare for that life that is to come,” he said in closing. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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