St. Gianna Beretta Molla had a hectic life as a working mother of three small children. It wasn't until she was pregnant with her fourth child that she made the choice to lay aside her career as a doctor and stay at home. We all understand the realities of juggling home and career - sometimes a ball has to drop, and I am sure that her home had its days where toys, papers and the paraphernalia of family life were all too evident.

But what of her spiritual life - how did she keep all the clutter of the day from interfering with her relationship with God? St. Gianna led a disciplined prayer life, which she wrote about to share with others:

pray.jpgMorning & Evening prayers, not in bed but on your knees
Daily Mass
Holy Communion
Meditation, at least 10 minutes
Visit to the Blessed Sacrament
Daily Holy Rosary

Like the wise virgins of the parable (Matthew 25:1-13) St. Gianna kept a vigilant watch for her Lord by taking time each day to pray. In this way she was able to handle the physical distractions of life without compromising her spirit and soul.

What can we do to unclutter our spirits? It is the paradox of prayer that the more time we devote to it, the more we can accomplish in our day. Let us make some small changes to bring more prayer and less clutter into our lives.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!