Our Lady and Sheen

Breaking…err… WAKING up is hard to do? (Part 1)

Over at The New Theological Movement, a blog that I am very ashamed that I did not know about, they have an excellent article on mortification for Lent. It blew my mind!

Among other items, there was a listing of quotes from St. Josemaria Escriva. I am not the best follower of this beloved saint, but everytime I read something of his I am strengthened… or convicted.

Two quotes that TNLM had from The Way were on waking up, and I think that they’re a reminder to us:

“Conquer yourself each day from the very first moment, getting up on the dot, at a set time, without granting a single minute to laziness. If, with the help of God, you conquer yourself in that moment, you’ll have accomplished a great deal for the rest of the day. It’s so discouraging to find yourself beaten in the first skirmish!” (191)


“The heroic minute. It’s time to get up, on the dot! Without hesitation, a supernatural thought and … up! The heroic minute; here you have a mortification that strengthens your will and does not weaken your body.” (206)

I remember when I was a teenager how easy I could wake up in the morning. Unlike most of my peers, I just shot out of bed and got ready for the day. That being said, as much as I’d like to say that I was somehow more holy for the effort, I don’t think I was any different than most of my friends. It was just easier. I scheduled all my college days my freshman year starting with 8am classes, because to me, that would be sleeping in an hour compared to high school. I ended up missing a lot of classes… thank God for the gifts he has given me to do well in school despite my best efforts.

Now, as a “grown up” it’s very hard to remind myself to get out of bed. Usually when I wake up a moment or two before the alarm, I am angry with myself. Perhaps, St. Josemaria would give me a “credit” in that if I wake up earlier than the “dot” then I can go back to bed and not be lazy? I wish…! Getting up is hard to do sometimes, but it is something that every day we must push for. I look forward to my day at work, usually. I look forward to Mass, usually. I look forward to seeing people, usually. So why then is it a desire to go to sleep and “waste” the day? Maybe my ramblings will discover something.

When I was in high school and as long as I could remember before then, I had my sleep interrupted each morning by my mother. In high school I’d get up sometimes early, but only when I had a friend who wanted to talk…. oh! I’ll get back to that thought in a moment. So, there I was, slumbering soundly, partially departed from the world, and the motherly voice would call to me that breakfast was ready, and I would be up! I have never really thought what that meant to me until now, except in passing. Each morning, well almost, as a child I woke up to a loving mother (no matter what her mood was) having made an act of love for our family in cooking breakfast before we were even up. I don’t know if I could do that now, but maybe. But the topic of my love for people is something apparently I will now have to deal with internally!

How easy it was to wake up when my mother called to me. I have just realized another way in which my life is truly blessed.

I will write more later, sorry for the teaser, I didn’t realize this would get this deep.


February 15, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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