All tagged prayer

How is your heart?

Ever since this prayer group has started, and I've started writing again, I've been getting sporadic messages from folks about their prayer life. It has been great to talk to people about prayer and strengthening their relationship with God. The one thing I've started asking people is how their heart is. While I'm a big fan of prayer, it's never enough to just carve out time in the day to pray without knowing what you're feeling in your heart.

Speak to Me Now

As this prayer group winds down and enters its final week the one thing that continues to ring true over all else is that one needs to open their heart to the Lord in order to full start to developer their prayer life. Aimlessly wandering through the motions, not believing or understanding what one is doing will result in endless circles in the desert of spirituality. Growing in prayer is increasing the desire to know Him on a much deeper level. Being present within this moment, accepting His presence, and giving Him full attention is the only way to receiving that special gift of love He wants to share with us.

Seeking

I was listening to a podcast today, and Father James Martin was talking about his vocation story and how when he was working at GE he felt like a square peg in a round hole. That statement sent shivers down my spine. I can't help but feel the same these days.

It's a long road

The truth is that I don't know where I'm going. But as Thomas Merton so eloquently put it "I believe that the desire to please God does, in fact, please Him." Over the past couple of weeks, I've spoken at length about ensuring that our lives are directed towards pleasing God and living the life that He'd want us to live. If we understand that notion, then we will always be wary of that desire in all that we do, and with the grace of God, we'll always do what he desires of us.

Work in Progress

I've been facilitating a prayer group during Lent at my home parish. It's based around Lectio Divina and strengthening our prayer life. After each hour-long session, I make sure I am available for questions from folks. I've noticed a consistent theme happening during these questions around having to do Lectio or whether or not the way a person currently prays is the right way or not. It's been fascinating to have these conversations, and I'd like to share some general thoughts today.

Home

It should come as no surprise (if you read anything here) that at my very core I am a spiritual, God-loving human being. So then it should come as no surprise to you when I tell you that vast swaths of my day and night when I'm able to are spent in silence, in my chair having conversations with God. I've prayed for quite some time on how exactly to express what this is like and what it feels like and the word that keeps coming to mind is: home.

Moving On

I've spent the last couple of days fairly angry at my church. I've buried myself in my work even more than I normally do to keep my mind off of what happened Tuesday. I probably would have moved on much sooner than today had someone not felt it was right to text me that I should enter the seminary because I'll become like one of the priests in Pennsylvania. I was at a loss and couldn't figure out what would make someone say something like and think that it is ok to do so? So I lost a person in my life that night but quite frankly they probably didn't deserve to be there anyway.

Do what you love

There are always going to be things that we don't enjoy doing, it's a part of life. Let's call those the chores and put them aside. Now let's talk about the things you choose to do. Do they make you happy on a daily basis? If not, I might ask why you're doing it then. Yes, bills need to get paid, you need to eat, maybe support your family, etc. But are those really excuses to not be doing something you love? I'd argue that the answer is no.

Adventures in Teaching I

If you're reading this, then I survived and so did my class! Today was a learning experience for both myself and my class. They were all great, and I was consistently having my mind blown by the level of conversation we were able to have.