Monday, August 27, 2007
The coming week is the first full week of the new academic year. As students we are beginning to get into the rhythm of classes and of homework. If you are new to valpo you are beginning to find extra curricular groups to join, and if you are returning you are fitting back into old familiar places. The next few weeks are a time of getting settled into a rhythm of university life. For some of us this rhythm is old and comfortable, and for others it is new and exciting, but whatever the rhythm is I challenge you to get into a rhythm of daily prayer and contemplation. For centuries monks have prayed the Divine Hours, praying seven times a day, in a continual rhythm giving thanks and praise to the God who created us, who redeemed us, and who sustains us. While praying seven times in today’s hectic world sounds crazy, we can gain some help by just intentionally praying once or twice a day, and reading some scriptures. As you begin to get into your college rhythm leave some room for God, and I am sure you will not be disappointed by the good gifts which come from his gracious hand.