I read an intriguing article this week regarding the pitfalls of allowing your mind to wander. The article said that when you allow your mind to wander away from the present moment, the places it takes you are likely to make you unhappy. The concept is a fascinating one, but one that I have heard time and again from many sources – including some prominent Catholic figures.
One such person is Father Solanus Casey, O.F.M., a Capuchin monk who died in 1957. One of his famous quotes is this: “Man’s greatness lies in being faithful to the present moment. We must be faithful to the present moment, or we will frustrate the plan of God for our lives.” In a world with so many distractions, it is so easy to be swayed from the moment you are presently in. From my own experience, I know that such mind wandering takes you away from whatever you are doing and who ever you are with, which is never a good thing. Being mindful of the moment you are in seems to make a happier person – mentally and spiritually.
Father Solanus, who was born in Wisconsin, spent many years in New York serving God, including my hometown of Yonkers. For more information on Father Solanus, check out the page for his sainthood cause: http://www.solanuscasey.org/
Have a good weekend, everyone! Enjoy every moment!