Carving Out Sacred Time

If you saw my family calendar for April, you might just throw up your hands and walk away. Each family member’s activities are highlighted in a different color, and anything that is for the entire family is highlighted green. From a distant, it looks like a collage of pinks, blues, purples, yellows, and oranges. When I glance at the calendar, I can see by the amount of green, just how often we get to do things together as a family. I would like to say that the calendar is mostly green. But it’s not. Yet, to be fair, we are together all day long unlike most families today. That makes the crazy collage a little easier to stomach.

All of this brings to mind the need for me to carve out sacred time, family time, or as Matthew Kelly says, “carefree timelessness.” With all of our activities that flow over into the weekend, and with technology making us available to anyone and everyone at a moment’s notice, carving out time for God or for our families has become a real battle. As a Christian living in America, I struggle with God’s commandment to “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.”

I long for a return to the days when stores were closed on Sundays. A time when families and friends gathered or visited each other on that day. I do make sure to attend Mass on the Lord’s Day, as Christ requested. But I do not believe that is enough. I want true rest and true peace and true community. I long for a return to holiness as a people of God. I do speak of my hope and desire for this to the people who plan these busy activities on Sundays, but mostly I am ignored. It is terribly sad to know that we have given up so much to gain so little. I wonder when I stand before God just how He will see all of this. I wonder how to impact change if I cannot change my own family in this regard. I wonder.


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