Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
to whom his love
commits me here,
ever this day be
at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide.
Some of us grew up with this connecting prayer with the Creator.
It came to mind as Pope Francis led thousands yesterday when he was announced to the waiting world at the Vatican. He led the faithful together in the recitation of the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be - prayers that link us to the Almighty God who loves each of us as the Maker's very own.
These conventional prayers help us all slow down in a busy culture attached to doing too much, and,
even at a speedy pace that is harmful to humans.
We're addicted to being busy, to a fast pace, a lack of patience that will eventually make a patient of all of us.
And, all of this is killing the soul of America! And, ourselves dying daily of preventable diseases.
Slow down and live! Don't die!
Human beings need to be, to relax more, to play more, to return to the Gospel values of less worldliness as Pope Francis pleaded earlier today in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican.
Slowing down, pausing, being with the family more. . .
Sounds like a plan for a culture out of control, no?
How about a pause today?
You're worth it.
Take in the view, the awesomeness of each human being in your life, creation, others in the family, loved ones, friends.
We've got to slow down.
Otherwise, we'll miss life's beauty, and more.