Pray longer

by Fr. Jeff

“Fr. Jeff, why are you walking so slow?” Entering the school to teach confirmation, a teacher met me at the gate.

I was sauntering.

My mind had been on my students. It had been a long day for me: leading a morning of reflection in Lake Arthur, compiling lecture notes for my course on anthropology, preparing to teach confirmation, and miscellaneous priestly duties. But at that point, I was thinking about my students.

My mind was running through the night’s lesson, praying over certain parts. What is it that I should give them?

Her question was opportune.

Why was I walking so slow? I think the answer was simple – so that I could

pray longer.