Here is another thought for priests, choirmasters, choirs, merchants, moms, and others who are having a busy season and long for more time for silence. See earlier Advent postings of this kind here and here.
"There was a person to whom I spoke a few days ago who for about fifteen years was kept so busy through obedience with work in occupations and government that in all those years he didn't remember having one day for himself, although he tried the best he could to keep a pure conscience and have some periods each day for prayer. His soul in its inclination is one of the most obedient I have seen, and so he communicates this spirit of obedience to all those with whom he deals. The Lord has repaid him well; for he has found that he has, without knowing how, that same precious and desirable liberty of spirit that the perfect have. In it, they find all the happiness that could be wanted in this life, for in desiring nothing they possess all. Nothing on earth do they fear or desire, neither do trials disturb them, nor do consolations move them. In sum, nothing can take away their peace because these souls depend only on God. And since no one can take Him away from them, only the fear of losing Him can cause them any pain. Everything else in this world, in their opinion, is as though it were not; it neither contributes anything nor removes anything from their happiness. Oh, happy obedience and happy the resulting distraction that could obtain so much!"
- St. Teresa of Avila, The Book of the Foundations, 5:7, from The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. III, translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D., and Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D., I.C.S. Publications, 1985.