“We ought to walk in the light, as doing nothing worthy of reproof.” –From “Sermon in a Sentence: St. Thomas Aquinas,” pg. 65. Selected and Arranged by John P. McClernon.
This quote is fairly self-explanatory, but it ties into something I read not too long ago about offering the day to God, and about busying ourselves. These seem to present a paradox to the soul that is restless and weary for time with God. We must consecrate each act of the day to God, yet remain always busy so that we are not found idle. Well, these can and must go hand in hand, especially for those who must fulfill their state of life in the world and all of its cares and worries.
The wonderful article I read about offering the day seems to present the best solution to this seeming inconsistency. At the beginning of the day, as we dress and wash, before we begin our work for the day, we offer all of it, all that the day might bring, whatever unforeseen tasks, penances or rests God may bring us, to God, and ask His blessing upon it.
It is true that in the course of our many daily tasks, we may not be thinking of God directly, but if we have consecrated the day to Him, we can be sure we are working under His blessing. And whenever we turn our eyes and hearts heavenward, we can be sure to find Our Lord gazing back at us–He is always watchful over us. Then, only under God’s blessing and by the help of His grace, can we hope to ‘walk in the light, as doing nothing worthy of reproof.’
I might add that based on my personal experience I find it easier to at least briefly turn my heart to God and utter with love some little indulgenced prayer or call upon the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary whenever I have previously taken the time to consecrate the day in its entirety to God.
Keeping busy is one of the primary ways by which we can stave off temptation and make good use of our time, but we must be sure to busy ourselves in the right way–with the duties of our state of life, with prayer and devotions, and with whatever else God may see fit to send us. Then we can follow the dear and direct advice of our Saint, and ‘walk in the light’, avoiding sin and gaining merit before God by doing our God-given tasks under His blessing and protection, and that of our Blessed Mother.