God Is My All

 

God is my longing. In whatever way God comes. In every form, through every experience and circumstance, painful or otherwise. God. Only God.

-from The Divine Spark

Quiet Prayer

 

Father, there are ways in which I have grown quiet. Some hopes and dreams in my heart are too long-awaited, too sacred to be the stuff of idle chatter. Lord, I trust your faithfulness and your goodness and your love. I offer these dreams back to you and entrust them to your care.

-from Who Does He Say You Are?

Venture Out

Heroes are the ones who are willing to venture out of the safe harbor of what is comfortable and venture into the wild, untamable sea of God’s calling. In other words, the hero’s journey is one of deep virtue.

-from Deep Adventure

Proclaim the Beatitudes

It is always a joyful experience for us to read and reflect on the Beatitudes! In proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus asks us to follow him and to travel with him along the path of love, the path that alone leads to eternal life. It is not an easy journey, yet the Lord promises us his grace and he never abandons us.

-from The Spirit of Saint Francis

Receiving the Sacraments

Considered valid complements to the Church’s liturgical worship, the sacraments carry the faithful to the threshold of the sacred and help to mediate the process of conversion of mind and heart that is central to the Catholic faith and its ongoing call to discipleship.

-from Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

Strengthen Your Heart

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.

-from A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics

Make It Worth It

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

God's Saving Love

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.”

-from Meeting God in the Upper Room

The Right Path

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.

-from Loaded: Money and the Spirituality of Enough

Forgive Quickly

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.

-from Mother Angelica: Her Grand Silence