Marian Helper Spring 2024

Marian Helper • Spring 2024 • 17 It is the place of His struggle for the fidelity of love to the Father, a struggle in which His freedom in the face of the prospect of terrifying death is also revealed. In my own struggle in the Garden of Olives, I am losing. I don’t know how to endure that one hour. I would excuse myself with fatigue, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s simply embarrassing. I remain silent and burn with shame. I also have my moment of struggle, like Peter, when I reach for violence in defense of my Lord. This, too, is my defeat, even though, after all, I meant well. Violence is not the solution. Those who reach for the sword die by the sword. The Garden of Olives is also a place of His immense solitude, although I am — sleeping with others — right next to Him. He is praying, flowing with bloody sweat, entrusting Himself to the Father … But He is alone. … Make the time When sometime later, already after the Resurrection, Jesus will ask Peter about love, He will refer not only to the fact of the thrice-spoken “I do not know Him.” He will also recall the threefold invitation to wakefulness and the sad comment accompanying it at the end: “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? … So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Mt 26:45, 40). Peter and the Sons of Zebedee were then ashamed. Perhaps we should be too? Because how much time are we ready to measure to God? How much time are we ready to give Him among our very important things? There is no denying that today time is the most valuable currency in relations between people. Sometimes we manage to save a little of it, but we do not know how to create it, multiply it. As a result, we throw in — as if into a treasury — from what we have been saving, and yet we are not able to fill it anyway. Indeed, the gift of time can really only be made by one who, like a poor widow, gives all that he has for himself. Time off is not set aside for important matters, because they will never be taken care of. For building relationships, for love and friendship, and for prayer — time has to be carved out so that thousands of “very important things” don’t destroy what is really important. Otherwise, instead of conversation, there will be shopping or cleaning, or a movie on TV, or whatever. Instead of wakefulness there will be sleep. Gift of love So if someone says he has no time for prayer, it is because he has not chosen any moment for God. Twenty-four hours a day: 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds. For one Hail Mary it takes, if recited calmly, about 20 seconds. If I still don’t have time to pray, it’s because I haven’t set aside any moment for prayer. Time offered is perhaps the strongest sign with which I can show that I care. But also, asking for time, being in essence a request for the gift of love, must be marked by responsibility. It is not good when I first ask for time and then, having received it, do not value the gift offered to me and waste it. I must not forget that I was not given free time. The one who gave me his time snatched it away at the expense of other activities, because I was more important to him than they were. Jesus invited the three to watch by Him as He watches by the Father. He wanted them to love Him as He loves the Father. To follow Him as He followed the Father’s will. They were not ready. Not yet … Excerpted from Lord, You know everything by Fr. Peter Kieniewicz, MIC, provincial secretary of the Polish Province of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. To order, visit or call 1-800-462-7426 (Product code: B61-EVRY). Watching with Jesus By Fr. Peter Kieniewicz, MIC The Garden of Olives is a special place for me. It is a place of prayer for the fulfillment of the Father’s will — not only for Jesus, but also for me, especially since the Lord Himself asks me to accompany Him in this hour of darkness.