By Alyssa Bormes



Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.  ~2 Corinthians 12:6-7  

My whole bag was packed – swimsuit, kickboard, towel, and the assorted other stuff for the gym. This new commitment to working out was great. With bag in hand and ready to go, I realized that I had forgotten one thing—the padlock for the locker. After going through drawers and containers, it appeared to be lost. If you find it, the combination is 36-4-10; go ahead and use it. On that day of nearly swimming, I did have the idea that I could stop by the hardware store on the way to the pool and purchase a lock. However, I had a better idea! How about a bath? Cool – with bath-bomb in hand and a good book – I successfully avoided exercise! Then on Sunday, I was in the confessional. No, I did not confess the missed swim day, which is more like odd-water-walking-kickboard-clumsiness. But I did confess a habitual sin—the thorn in my side.

Without asking, Father knew that I had been neglecting my daily rosary. I was to begin it again that day. I did, but the clumsy-swimming-avoidance-thing and the lack of attention to the rosary kept itching in my head. The “Aha”’ moment: I had neglected something else. I used to do the swim-walk-you-can’t-be-serious-that-you-call-that-exercise-at-least-I’m-moving-thing for an hour at a time. It isn’t exactly easy to keep yourself in the pool moving in your lane for that long without being wildly bored, so I would pray the rosary. Thirty minutes was one rosary, sixty minutes was two.

You guessed it; I’ve got a new combination lock, and I’m back in the pool praying the rosary. Every other day of the week, while in my pink-flowered swimsuit, I have an aquatic holy hour. Although it might be funny looking…the combination is good!


Father, help me maintain a regular ”prayer time” schedule; this is as important as taking my daily vitamins. Amen.

Call to Action

Separate yourselves from the distraction of screens and use that time to go walking, swimming, biking, etc. Pray during your exercise for the Lord to help you balance your spirit, mind, and body!

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