REFLECTIONS ON USE OF TIME

REFLECTIONS ON USE OF TIME

Fr. Leo Rock is a Jesuit priest who wrote a reflection he entitled "An Examination of  My Use of Time" which I found thought provoking and worth mediating over.  I hope you find something  here to reflect on as well. Here's what he wrote:

Killing Time

How do I kill time?

Let me count the ways.

 

By worrying about things

Over which I have no control.

Like the past.
Ttime

Like the future

 

By harboring resentment

And anger

Over hurts

Real or imagined

 

By distaining the ordinary

Or, rather, what I

So mindlessly

Call ordinary.

 

By concern over what’s in it for me,

Rather than, what’s in me?

For it.

 

By failing to appreciate what is

Because of what might-have-beens

Should-have-beens,

Could-have-beens.

 

These are some of the ways

I kill time

 

Jesus didn’t kill time.

He gave life to it.

His own.  

       Leo Rock SJ

One thought on “REFLECTIONS ON USE OF TIME

  1. Beautiful poem, full of meaning and associations for me. I have spent many years worrying about things over which I have no control, like the past like the future. Thank you Fr. Rock for this wonderful reminder that Jesus did not kill time He gave life to it , His own.
    My husband and I had a wonderful friend some forty years ago. A jesuit priest named Leo Rock. He was a psychologist and was studying in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at the University of St. Paul’s. We spent many wonderful evenings discussing many subjects. We lost
    touch over the years. I was looking for signs of him when I came across your poem on Google. Our Leo Rock would be about 83 years old today. Is there a way we might find him?

    Mary Bourdeau, and Robert Bourdeau, Canadian Photographers, living in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.

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