The Heroic Minute

When I was attending a retreat with the Dominicans of St. Cecilia in Nashville this past March, Sister spoke to us about the heroic minute and its importance in their lives.


The “heroic minute” is that first moment each morning when the bell rings, requiring the sisters to get up and begin their daily prayers and prepare themselves for morning meditation in the chapel at 5:30 a.m. It’s “heroic”, because the natural impulse is the “five more minutes” impulse to stay in bed and not get up. Sister advised us each to learn to conquer the heroic minute so that we can do the work God has asked us to do each day.


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