Just enjoy some Son

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I heard something on KLove the other day about the distance to the sun. The sun is the closest star that we know about and it is still almost 93 million miles away. Ninety-three million miles away!! I cannot wrap my mind around that distance. 

Yet, on a day that is not cloudy, we can feel the warmth of the sun. From 93 million miles away!! The warmth that one star gives is able to reach us from such a great distance. This made me think that the Son is so much more powerful and so much more near than the sun and but how often do we allow ourselves to bask in His warmth and light.

I have been trying to be better about focusing on taking care of myself because I know that I cannot give what I do not have. I started the Keto diet in the beginning of August to try to make myself physically healthier and so far so good. We are so much more than just physical beings, however, so I know I needed to work on my relationship with God. As a part of our Freshman Retreat process, we ask the team to sacrifice or add something during the preparation to help us to grow in faith. I decided that I wanted to add an hour of Adoration every week. I found a church near me that has perpetual adoration (Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Seekonk) and started to attend. 

I noticed that they had some needs for hours to be covered, so I called the person in charge and signed up for an 11 p.m. hour. I know me, if I am signed up for something and expected to be there, I will be there but if I say I am going to do something and I do not have accountability, I do not often stick with it. Eleven p.m. sounded like a great idea during the summer when I had no morning alarm clock. The benefits of spending time with the Son however, still out-weigh the early alarm clock. I have found since I have started spending time each week in Adoration that I am handling stress better and finding myself slightly more disciplined.

Taking care of ourselves has to be a priority. We get caught up in work, school, family, friends, life, social media, and so much more. I have found myself recently feeling like I am not just burning the candle at both ends but that I have stuck a wick in the middle and started melting it from there as well. This crazy schedule that I am trying to keep up with would be a built-in excuse to stop going to Adoration at night. I know, though, that now more than ever, I need Christ. I need that time to just spend close to the source of all warmth and light, to be refreshed. 

I would be lying if I said that every moment I am there is spent in significant prayer. I would be lying if I said that every moment I am awake. St. Therese used to fall asleep in Adoration; I like that I am in good company. She even wrote “I think how little children please their parents just as much when they are asleep as when they are awake; I think how doctors put patients to sleep in order to do operations. And finally, I think how ‘the Lord sees our weakness, He remembers that we are but dust.’” I think I have taken His command to come all who are weary and He will give us rest to a new level. I feel like God knows I need Him but that I also just need to rest in His presence as well. 

Self-care must play a significant role in our lives but as Christians, self-care must be rooted in prayer. An empty lantern does not shine any light so we must plug ourselves into the Creator of light. I read a quote once that said, “Jesus did not die for me so that I could live a defeated life.” The Son is so much closer than 93 million miles away and I promise, if we get ourselves out there, we too will feel the warmth of Son, and be better able to share that light with others!

Anchor columnist Amanda Tarantelli has been a campus minister at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth since 2005. She is married, a die-hard sports fan, and resides in Cranston, R.I. She can be reached at atarantelli@bishopstang.org.


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