Good physical workouts should strengthen the heart. Spiritual workouts should do that too. The Bible talks about “the heart” over a thousand times! But Scripture isn’t talking about the physical organ that pumps blood in our chest. It is referring to our hidden center, the dwelling place where we live. One great way to strengthen our hearts is the prayer of thanksgiving and praise.
Through the sacrifice of the Mass, we have the opportunity to join our sufferings to Christ’s sufferings, to fill up that which is lacking in his afflictions for the sake of the Church. If we can attach meaning to our suffering, if there is some value in what we are experiencing, we can endure anything. Think about it: Nothing in life has meaning unless we attach meaning to it.
-from When You Suffer
Like the apostles who were sent forth from the Upper Room out into the world, each week, each one of us is sent forth from our parish church to the world to be witnesses to Jesus’s saving love. Pope Francis writes “every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.”
To figure out how we want to spend our time is our birthright. To develop our imagination is our sacred responsibility. To continue on the path we know is right for us—not necessarily for anybody else—with very little, if any, encouragement or validation is our primary task.
The point is to forgive quickly and allow God the space to work in you and in your enemy. We may also need that same forgiveness and mercy someday.
Ultimately, God's will for us isn't complicated. He wants us to live with Him forever in Heaven: "We who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory" (Ephesians 1:12).
-from Faith, Hope & Clarity
Lord God, voice of truth, thank you for my voice. Thank you for having given me a way to whisper grace and sing out your goodness and affirm your will with conviction.
-from Who Does He Say You Are?
A hero is cultivated by countless—often unnoticed—actions. They are ordinary humans—you and me—who direct their decisions and actions to be strengthened by goodness, compassion, integrity, and righteousness.
-from Deep Adventure
Traditional Catholic prayer is fundamentally oriented to Christ and his body, the Church, and its sacraments. It recognizes that Christ continues to live out his paschal mystery in the lives of the faithful and understands that prayer is the key to remaining united to him at all times.