Initial Steps to Reclaiming Your Spiritual Life

Initial Steps to Reclaiming Your Spiritual Life

One of the best and most ancient spiritual analogies that describes our life here on earth is the ship sailing towards the harbor of heaven. Saint Thérèse explained that it was one of her favorite analogies:

“[T]he symbol of a ship always delights me and helps me to bear the exile of this life. Does not the Wise Man tell us—”Life is like a ship that passeth through the waves: when it is gone by, the trace thereof cannot be found”? – Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul.

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A Short and Simple Prayer That Can Transform Your Life

A Short and Simple Prayer That Can Transform Your Life

Throughout my life I have memorized a whole litany of prayers, but very few have reached the depths of my heart. Many prayers stay at the surface and sometimes it seems like I am babbling on instead of entering into an authentic state of prayer.

There is one prayer, however, that I discovered and which I believe can help a person transform their life and root out sinful habits.

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The Pope Francis challenge: consult the Bible as often as your cellphone

The Pope Francis challenge: consult the Bible as often as your cellphone

This past Sunday Pope Francis challenged Catholics (again) to keep a pocket-Bible and return again and again to it throughout the day. He reflected, "What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we read the message of God contained in the Bible the way we read messages on our cellphones?”

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While the storm rages, let us remember the vision of St. John Bosco

While the storm rages, let us remember the vision of St. John Bosco

As January comes to an end, there are many challenges that continue to divide the world and there does not appear to be any firm resolution in the near future. It is a stressful time for the Church, as she seeks to bring consolation and peace to a world at war with each other. 

This period of strife that we are experiencing reminds me of the vision of St. John Bosco that he received of the Two Pillars.

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Uniting with all Christians to protect the sanctity of life

Uniting with all Christians to protect the sanctity of life

As we draw to the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, recently one issue that has united Christians from every denomination has been the protection of human life in all its stages. This opportunity to unite, putting aside our differences, must not go unnoticed and is in accord with Pope Francis' prayer intention this month: 

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What to do when nothing "happens" during prayer

What to do when nothing "happens" during prayer

We all know the scenario. After stepping into a church or kneeling beside our bed at home, we feel nothing. We may have the good intention of starting to pray every day for 30 minutes and then when the time comes to pray we feel discouraged because, well, nothing happens!

When presented with this silence we might ask ourselves, "Am I doing something wrong?" Or if we are feeling a bit down and at a loss we might question everything, saying, "Is God even there?"

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Prayer is a battlefield of the heart - here is the armor

Prayer is a battlefield of the heart - here is the armor

St. Paul exhorts the Thessalonians to “Pray without ceasing” and in context he does so shortly after reminding them, “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5: 17, 8). Unceasing prayer for Saint Paul is not only a pathway to eternal communion with God, but it is also a strong defense against the many temptations that come from the world, flesh and the devil, who “as a roaring lion, goes about seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). In other words, developing a daily prayer schedule (along with practicing faith, hope and charity) where you intentionally set aside times to "pray without ceasing," has the power to defend your interior life from the numerous traps that are set and are aimed at preventing you from achieving a deep and abiding relationship with God. 

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Looking for a New Year's Resolution? Try this one...

Looking for a New Year's Resolution? Try this one...

Each year around Christmas time we look forward to the New Year in hopeful expectation. What will happen in 2017? Will it be better than 2016? Often we decide to take on a new "resolution" to correct an area of our lives that needs some work. It could be eating better, exercising more or simply spending more time with family.

One area that is always in need of growth is the spiritual life, but we often forget about it. So why not consider revamping that aspect of your life in the New Year?

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