Busy life? There's a way to make space for peaceful moments

Barbara Vining, C.S.B.

Barbara says the reason it’s important to have quiet communion with God is that it is essential to a good quality of life and also because through communion with God, we get to know ourselves and our fellow humans as we really are—spiritual and Godlike. She explains that “it’s a self-discipline that brings freedom instead of enslavement. It’s not so much a matter of time as it is of an inner attitude toward God.” In the course of the chat, Barbara shares experiences of her own—raising children and dealing with busy times in her life while maintaining regular spiritual communion with God.

She responds to a wide variety of questions including how to maintain one’s spiritual “altitude” as the day goes on and becomes more intense, how such inner peace can help in praying for one’s community, facing deadlines, trying to resist the “pull” of the Internet, challenges with adult children that make it hard to keep one’s peace, the difference between busy-ness and activity, difficulty with a noisy neighbor, and how to cope with having too much time and needing to learn how to use it wisely.

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