Showing Up

As a Franciscan friar my habitus of prayer consists of community prayer and private prayer.  And as a priest, the celebration of Mass.  In some ways they form an anchor for the day and for life. And I do not always feel like showing up. But I do – because I promised. And showing up becomes the gateway to noticing “people and things” that would otherwise likely be unnoticed – and in the noticing then naturally fold into the reason, the moment, and the wonder of prayer.