I am going to begin a series of blogposts on different practical ways to grow in the life of prayer. These little practices, or norms, should be part of everybody’s life. If you are looking for ways to grow closer to Christ and respond to His call to be a Saint, here are some ideas to concretely say “yes” to drawing closer to our Lord in daily life. In drawing closer to Him, we can then respond to His call to convert the world. One soul at a time, beginning with our own souls!
If we look at each day as a microcosm of our whole lives, it makes sense to look at the very first thing we do each day: wake up and get out of bed. How does that process go? Do you hit the snooze button 10 times, or perhaps immediately check your email/phone/twitter feed?
Saint Josemaria has lots of good insights that are challenging, spiritual, and practical. Read More
The Month of June is traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. One good custom you could begin is to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart every first Friday of the month. It’s a month packed with great feast days: Saint Justin the Martyr, Pentecost ( June 9 in 2019), Mary Mother of the Church (June 10), Saint Anthony of Padua (June 13), Trinity Sunday (June 16 in 2019), Corpus Christi (June 23 in 2019), then the final week we get some big hitters: Nativity of St John the Baptist (June 24), Saint Josemaria Escriva (June 26), the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 28 in 2019), then Saints Peter and Paul (June 29). Read More
This is a great list of reasons sent by my spiritual director, Fr. Rene Schatteman:
1. Jesus himself has told us: “Behold, your mother.”(Jh 19:27)
2. Jesus, by his own example, has shown us his affection for Mary. After all, he remained with her for about 30 years, much longer than most people stay with their mothers. Read More
I am sure you saw the very good news this week: Alabama has passed a law banning all abortions. This law was promoted by women and signed into law by a woman. Some people reacted angrily and have even described children in the womb as parasites. Just to be very clear: groups such as Planned Parenthood do not deserve our support. When we hear “reproductive rights” that means abortion. Abortion is the murder of innocent children in the womb. If one supports such groups, one supports killing innocent children and causing serious mental and emotional harm, and also physical harm to women. Politicians who support such things also do not deserve our support. Such politicians who support “reproductive rights” support abortion. To support them is to support abortion. If one has supported such causes or politicians, it is time to turn to the way of life. Read More
In the 1960s and 1970s the Marine Corps used a slogan to attract new recruits: “We don’t promise you a rose garden.” The Corps promised only pain, extreme challenges, and sacrifice. The messaging attracted a certain kind of recruit: One who was only interested in earning the title of Marine. I suspect some of you remember this, and I know some served or currently serve as marines. Even if there was a rose garden, I suspect there were plenty of thorns! Read More
This is one of those great Gospel passages (John 21:1-19) that plays through our minds like a video. It is so vivid! They had spent all night working hard fishing, and caught nothing. Then on the shore a man asks if they caught anything. No. So He tells them to cast the net on the right side of the boat. He must have spoken in such a way that inspired them to immediately respond! So they cast over the net. The number of fish was so great that they could not pull it in. Saint John recognized our Lord. The Church Fathers comment that because of His love that He saw clearly. Saint Peter, in an act of Faith, tucks in his garment, and jumps into the water to run to the shore. Read More