|'Reversible Cable Shawl' - Ruth Thompson|
The Prayer Shawl Comapnion
I enjoy knitting prayer shawls and items for our Mitten Tree at St. Cyprian's, Lacombe, but I've found that I've been shrugging off this activity in favour of other so-called priorities. I have a pair of mittens, a toque, and a cabled prayer shawl all on the needles...destined to stay there for months if I keep on like this.
I also enjoy reading the Divine Office four to six times a day with Macrina Wiederkher's Seven Sacred Pauses.
Now, as Joyce responded to her viewer, suppose I assume I'm awake 16 hours a day. In a week, that would be 112 hours (16 x 7). Ten per cent of that would be 11.2 hours a week (let's make that 11 1/4 hours for simplicity's sake). Well, 11.25/7 = 1.6 hours per day, or 1 hour and 36 minutes per day, or 96 minutes per day.
If I use a full six Daily Offices (dawn to dark), that would work out to 96/6 = 16 minutes each during which I could complete the given Office and meditate on it while I knit on a prayer shawl or Mitten Tree project. Who knew? A tonic for the soul, and work from my hands that will actually get finished!
Oh -- and I'd still have 6.75 hours (405 minutes) each and every day in which to eat, bathe, exercise, nap, go online, work in the studio...