Jesus and the Jar of Pickles – Distractions at Prayer

  I admit it. I am not a “morning person.” Morning prayer times have not been fruitful for me for many years. By “not fruitful,” I mean that I would fall asleep whenever I attempted mental prayer in the morning. Even if I was sitting in an uncomfortable pew after morning Mass and wanted to stay for a bit with the Lord, my head would nod and I would startle awake, only to nod off again. I could pray in the afternoon, or late at night and stay awake, but not in the mornings. I read and was told that it…continued

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Keep on Praying!

“Despite sins, tempatations and falls, the soul who perseveres in prayer may rest assured  that sooner or later God will deliver her from danger and  lead her to the port of salvation.” St. Theresa of Avila from Spiritual Diary – Selected Sayings and Examples of Saintspublished by Daughters of St. Paul

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Learning to Love God

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Sacred Heart of Jesus, a photo by Lawrence OP on Flickr. Do you long to love God more? Well, here is a little not-so-secret secret from my favorite book, Divine Intimacy in Section 211 Returning Love for Love: “In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares,” The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love than love itself. “Love is repaid by love alone, the saints have repeatedly said. St Teresa of Jesus wrote: “Whenever…continued

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Our Soul – Use It or Lose It

At my physical therapy appointment today I was given the disappointing news that I had lost 25-50% of the strength in my arms and shoulders since the increasing elbow pain had caused me to take a four week break from therapy. Those weeks were spent with doctor’s appointments, testing, ineffective cortisone shots, but with none of the exercises I had worked so hard building up to during the recovery from my neck surgery. We are now back to work with lots of tape, ice and ultrasound. I have been sent to look for an elbow brace to support my partially…continued

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The Ache of Loneliness

Sometimes the loneliness is so deep that it feels as though it emanates from within my bones and bores through me with a painful longing. I am assailed by the feeling of being broken, parts of me missing, a huge hole in my heart and soul. The longing aches even sometimes to the point of physical pain, and yet more and more I realize it is a longing that only One can fulfill, only One can alleviate. There is only One who can consume this loneliness. I desire what I know, that which is familiar to me. I desire friendship,…continued

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Precious Moments

St. Theresa of Avila wrote in The Way of Perfection, “We must retire within ourselves even during our ordinary occupations. If I can recall the companionship I have within me for so much as a moment, that is of great utility.” It is so difficult during a busy work day to turn within, as St. Theresa describes. This turning within is turning to God, the Holy Spirit dwelling within us by virtue of our baptism. It is easy to say “I am too busy,” but she says that just a moment will do. Just a moment. Perhaps my excuse of…continued

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