It’s been said that hurry is a form of violence on the soul. When I look at my own life, I have to agree. The times when I feel most burnt-out and soul-tired isn’t because of any one particularly challenging project. It’s usually from the accumulation of many things: the nonstop scroll and ping of my newsfeed, the competing deadlines at work, my own tendency to multitask throughout my day. I always find myself getting swept up in the ever-increasing pace and complexity of the world, and as a result, it’s usually my faith that suffers first and worst.
I don’t think I’m alone in this, though. I’ve talked with so many friends who say they feel exhausted from the nonstop flurry of news about the many urgent issues that rightfully fight for our collective attention. But that’s even more of a reason to slow down and rest—to take a break from treading turbulent surface waters, and sink into the deep and rejuvenating current of the interior life. In that place of Sabbath, we can let our souls catch up to us.
During Vatican II, Pope John XXIII, was known to end his final prayers of the day by saying: “It’s your church, Lord. I’m going to bed.” What a guy. I love the level of humility and trust that’s illustrated in those words. There’s real wisdom in the act of slowing down, resting, and letting go of the reins of control during complicated and delicate times. We don’t have all the answers, but sometimes a nap is all that’s needed to connect with the One who does.
- Where do you need to slow down and let go of the reins of control to let God enter in?
Colin is the Grassroots Outreach & Education Coordinator at NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice working to empower young people through faith-based advocacy resources and opportunities. He serves on the steering committee for IFTJ and taught classes at Georgetown University’s Capitol Applied Learning Lab. During free time, Colin leads trivia night at his local pub and explores post-Christian thoughts at Erēmos Journal.