Making time for God can be difficult these days. We used to just have places to go and people to see, but now we also have phones that clamor for our attention every .02 seconds. Praying and going to Mass? Sure—when and if it fits in our schedule.
But when I compare how I feel after having a busy day and how I feel after stepping out of church, God wins hands down.
And I’m not the only one that feels this way—so did St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Before St. Ignatius of Loyola became, you know, a saint, he was Iñigo Lopez de Loyola: a young man who dreamt of the fame and fortune associated with being a soldier. He was well on his way to gaining that status, fighting in battles and duels—until he was hit with a cannonball.
During his long and painful recovery, Iñigo passed the time reading anything he could get his hands on. At first, he read books about famous soldiers and their escapades with women. But, other times, he was given books about the lives of the Catholic saints. And he was surprised to find he enjoyed the stories about saints more than the ones about brave soldiers! Because after reading stories about the saints, he felt peace.
Every time I resist prayer or make excuses about not going to Mass, I remember what lies on the other side—absolute peace.
Not in new clothes or a promotion. Not in a fit body or going on a nice date. Not in a vacation or a new friend.
True peace comes only from God.