25 October 2012

Note on stress from St. Francis de Sales, via Sr. Mada-anne

Most of the sisters have homerooms, where we meet, share prayer intentions and pray together, celebrate an occasional birthday (or half-birthday when a girl's birthday does not occur during school months). Part of the routine is reading the Homeroom Bulletin. It always begins with some Salesian thought for the day. Francis de Sales offered today's tidbit:
Accept peacefully whatever tasks you have to do, and try to get them done in order, one after the other. If you try to do everything all at once, or haphazardly, you soon will be frustrated, and grow weary, and in no time you will be overwhelmed by the pressure, and accomplish nothing.
Good advice from the 1600s. Bear patiently with interruptions, forget the multitasking, and remember, no matter what's going on, you are a beloved and cherished child of God. May God be praised.

Mada-anne Gell, VHM
Georgetown Visitation Monastery

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