An Hour of Power

You can learn more in an hour of silence than you can in a year from books.

There are so many moving passages that we read throughout the Gospels about Jesus’ life—moments of monumental victory and moments of desperate disappointment. And yet, some of the most touching moments for me are when Jesus unabashedly displayed his humanity.

We witness one of these moments on the last night of Jesus’ life. He was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying and he asked the disciples to watch with him. He went a short distance away to pray, and when he returned, they were asleep. “Could you not stay awake with me one hour?” Jesus said to them (Matthew 26:40).

Jesus didn’t want to be alone. How very human. He wanted company. The humanity of Jesus is a beautiful thing.

So many of us are afraid of silence and petrified by solitude, but we need some silence and solitude to sit with God and work out who we are, what we are here for, what matters most, and what matters least, so that we can make great decisions in our lives. We need that.

This is my final challenge to you: Sometime in the next few days, find an empty church and sit with Jesus for an hour. Don’t place great plans or expectations on that hour. Just sit with him, for a full hour. Just be with him in the silence.

Excerpt taken from Chapter 40 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).


How would your life be different if you were the person you were created to be?


Take Matthew’s challenge. Visit Jesus for an hour of power at your church or a eucharistic adoration chapel.

Also, make a plan to keep growing spiritually after Lent. Some options include:

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Jesus, give me the courage to let down my guard.

Watch today’s second video, featuring a Dynamic Catholic team member. Shane Giblin is our Director of Development, and comes to us from New York, New York. Shane loves spending time with family, and is a long-suffering fan of Seton Hall basketball.

How would your life be different if you were the person you were created to be?