Spiritual Life/Prayer
LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE 3RD MILLENIUM
A LAYMAN'S LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Spiritual Life/Prayer

CATHOLICS NEED TO MOVE BEYOND THE CATECHISM AND DEVELOP THEIR 'PRAYER LIFE', POPE SAYS 
Pope advocates deeper relationship with Christ through regular prayer, silent adoration and being conscious of sinfulness.
CHURCH NEEDS AN 'AWAKENING OF THE SOUL' 
Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr said that unless Christians rediscover the "bigger heart" and "bigger mind" of the mystical and contemplative tradition, the church will be unable to make positive change in the world -- or reform itself.
DOUBT AS A SIGN OF FAITH 
If we don’t accept both the commonality and importance of doubt, we don’t allow for the possibility of mistakes or misjudgments.
ENERGIZING SOULS 
William O'Malley, S.J. argues that if we want the next generation to be spiritually adult, then parents, teachers and pastors have to rediscover their own spirits.
GATHERING THE GRACES OF OUR SECULAR SAINTS 
As we come to the end of this [year], it might be worth our while to take some time with those for whom we mourn — to listen to their music, read their work or their biographies, watch their films and try to gather up for ourselves some of the graces they gave us.
GOD IN THE DETAILS 
It is in the nitty gritty details of it all that God is not less real, but more real. Gerard Manley Hopkins observed that the Son of God became locked into the ordinary world. He who was great focused on what was small.
HAPPY ARE THE SPIRITUAL 
A recent study suggests that people who are spiritual — religious or not — are a major part of the glue that holds a community together.
HOW CAN I LIVE OUT MY FAITH AT WORK? 
You don’t need to have an openly religious job for your faith to be relevant. Any honest and upright work is holy, and an opportunity to grow closer to God.
LET'S CHALLENGE OUR PRESUMPTIONS OF HUMILITY, TRADITION 
The topic is about as counter-cultural as one might get given the zero-sum nature of our politics and the culture-war approach many take toward faith. It's win or lose, victory or humiliation.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER? 
If I love all the selves housed within me, including the flawed, human, insecure ones, then why would I need to hate you?
MERCY ISN'T A CHURCH THING 
IT'S WHAT FAMILIES DO EVERY DAY - If God is love and love is mercy, which seem to be two keys ideas of the teaching of Pope Francis, then mercy is all around us.
NOT SETTLING FOR LESS 
Hope has been called the forgotten virtue of our time. Although we live in an era of considerable technological and scientific achievements, it may also be an age of diminished hope.
NUNS AND NONES; UNLIKELY PARTNERS TACKLE THE BIG QUESTIONS 
Global Sisters Report starts a three-part series on "Nuns and Nones," a movement that is bringing together experienced Catholic sisters and nonreligious millennials who share a passion for social justice, community and contemplation.
PARISH COMMUNITY AND THE SPIRITUAL LIFE 
The parish exists to help individuals carry out the mission that Jesus proclaimed; namely, to proclaim the kingdom of God and to become living examples of Christ in service to God and to one another.
SACRED INWARDNESS 
Why ‘secularism’ has no meaning. Secular is a term used within Catholicism to distinguish the world from the church, but the influence of the biblical insistence that God made the world and that he loves it seems to be very strong among religious traditions now.
TAKE THE LOW ROAD; JESUS DID 
Christmas is about God's willingness to take the low road with us: through an engaged peasant girl who then had to flee her homeland and beg for a place to stay yet was refused proper shelter.
THE BRUISED AND BLOODIED CHURCH WILL BE REBORN - OR IT WON'T 
'Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling.' In the shared simplicity of that clinging, the church will be reborn, the ideological divisions crossed, the wounds turned to scars. Or not.
THE SAINTLINESS OF FRED ROGERS 
If we had Protestant saints, Dietrich Bonhoeffer might be the first one, and Martin Luther King Jr. might be next. But after that could come Fred Rogers, the still, small voice of love and truth, crying out in the television wasteland.
TODAY'S CHURCH; MORE CATHOLICS, FEWER RECEIVING SACRAMENTS 
A new report mapping the Catholic Church’s more than 1.2 billion souls — on track to reach 1.64 billion by 2050 — holds some surprises.
WHERE THERE IS PAIN, THERE IS GOD 
Human suffering will always be a mystery. But the presence of God will always reach deeper, further, and wider.
YOUR LIFE IS NOT ABOUT YOU 
One reason we Christians have misunderstood many of Jesus’ teachings is that we have not seen Jesus’ way of education as that of a spiritual master.
GOD CALLS YOU TO BE PRIEST, PROPHET AND LEADER 
As Catholics, our call is "to live as a member of the body of Jesus. We carry out that life by being priest, prophet and leader." That's a tall order. Bishop Thomas Gumbleton explains how we can do it.
THE SACRED TENSION OF SOLITUDE 
Just as each of us is made for togetherness, we all are made for solitude. This is a sacred tension of religious vocation. Let the silence teach you who are, and who you are meant to be.
OUR DIFFERENCES WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR FUTURE 
Benedict's second principle is crucial for nourishing a better tomorrow
SPIRITUALITY IN TIME OF DISRUPTION 
Perspectives on how the current era of growing economic anxiety and increasing religious disaffiliation affects our traditional understandings of spiritual practice, and what may emerge to support, displace, or replace them.
EVERYONE IS IN 
It’s easy to create unity by being against something or someone — by assigning a scapegoat. It’s difficult to create unity by being prepared to be the person who the others are going to throw out.
RETURN TO ME: LENTEN REFLECTIONS FROM HOLY CROSS 
Offered as a daily digital reflection series. Those who subscribe will be sent an email each morning containing a reflection, and the listing of sacred texts from Scripture for each day.
PRAYING LENT 
An Online Ministry of Creighton University: resources here to assist our entry into this wonderful season, from our preparing to begin Lent to our preparing to celebrate the holy three days following Lent.
MODERN SOCIETY DOESN’T HAVE A CRISIS OF FAITH; IT HAS A CRISIS OF LOVE 
Faith by itself is dead... Faith motivated by love, however, will want fulfillment and realize its need for a relationship with God.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT ST. FRANCIS, AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR SAINT? 
How did this upstart from Assisi become a beloved saint?
THE BLACK HOLE PHOTO 
A reminder that the are are some holy things beyond our vision: the closest we’ll ever come to a photograph of God.
THE DEATH OF DEATH 
Easter isn’t celebrating a one-time miracle as if it only happened in the body of Jesus and we’re all here to cheer for Jesus.
FINDING OUR LIFE 
Mystical experience connects us and just keeps connecting at ever-wider levels, breadths, and depths, “until God can be all in all.”
WHAT DOES BELIEF IN THE RESURRECTION LOOK LIKE? 
To realize that we were made for eternity radically reorients our priorities. It makes us see each moment through the lens of an impending resurrection.
TAKE YOUR PLACE AT THE TABLE 
All of creation [is] invited to sit at the divine table, to participate in the divine dance of mutual friendship and love.
TRIALS OF A TRANSLATOR 
What do Catholics think about the translation of the Mass we are now using?
MEN ARE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR SPIRITUALITY. CAN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HELP? 
Notions of “the genuine Christian man” are likewise riddled with stereotype and anxiety.
PRACTICAL PARTICIPATION 
God moves toward us so that we may move toward each other and thereby toward God. The way God comes to us is also our way to God and to each other: through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
IMPLANTED HOPE 
The Indwelling Spirit is the ability of humanity to keep going, to keep recovering from its wounds, to keep hoping.
THE SPIRITUAL DESERT ISN'T OPTIONAL 
That we wander in the desert is both a danger and a challenge, risk and providence.

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