2018 Advent Daily Meditations …

Christmas, my child, is love in action … when you love someone, you give to them as God gives to us. The greatest gift He ever gave was the Person of His Son, sent to us in human form so that we might know what God the Father is really like! Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.
— Dale Evans Rogers from Come Let Us Adore Him

 

Advent 2018

Preparing for Christmas

December …

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I Said A Prayer For You …

I just want to express my sincere gratitude to all those the contributed to making this website ad-free! WordPress advertisements were becoming increasingly intrusive and I am not currently in a position to be able to pay for an account upgrade. I am deeply grateful to all those who made the contributions which have now allowed me to sign up for a “personal account” for one year.   This should eliminate WordPress advertisements from all my pages and posts.  Thank you for your support in making this a more prayerful, peaceful space for everyone.  Your generosity means more than you know … many thanks! Continue reading “I Said A Prayer For You …”

Keeping Advent Simple …

Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.  It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, thus there is some variation in its length.

Advent is traditionally a season of expectation and hope.  And yet, it often gets overlooked as an important part of Christmas in the flurry that leads up to it.  Preparing for Christmas is just as important as celebrating it.  Here are some simple and easy ways to recognizing Advent as a separate and cherished season as you prepare for Christmas.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
— Greg Anderson

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Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage 2015 …

Greetings,

I have some exciting news.  When I began this blog almost five years ago, I intended for it to be an archive of things that I found to be inspiring on my faith journey through life. The result is a wonderful chronicle of my soul’s exploration and discovery — and history of my own seeking journey and growing through life. It has become become a treasured library of inspirational things that I am glad to be able to share, and certainly one that I often return to again and again. My original intent was to eventually include some of my own personal writing, but I have never really had the courage to do so … until now. Continue reading “Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage 2015 …”

Spiritual Tools for Your iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry …

I find that mobile devices are playing an increasingly important role in our lives (some more than others).  Our mobile devices are quickly becoming the way that more and more of us stay connected to the world – to friends/family – and to the things that are important to us.  They have become our contant companions on our journey through life and we have come to depend on them for many things – though not necessarily for our spiritial lives?  

I think that these devices have the potential to become valuable spiritual tools – as a way to reconnect to our spiritual center and find stillness and peace right in the midst of our busy chaotic world.   As of right now, there are still relatively few mobile tools devoted to fostering centeredness and peaceful prayer on our devices.  But there are certainly a few – highly recommended – resources currently available that can be like little source-springs of inspiration to us and an excellent way to incorporate a few seconds of mindful peaceful presence wherever you are.  

It is my hope that in time, there will be more tools available to help us foster more gentleness and compassion in our world, but for now, here is a listing of some of my favorites resources that include apps, mobile websites and podcasts (list will be regularly updated as more become available).   Also, please feel free to share some of your favorite mobile/online resources and spiritual tools here as well.

PS.  This blog automatically reverts to a mobile friendly format when viewed on your mobile device.  Alternatively, you can use one of the many readers available to access this site’s RSS feed including Outlook (on your PC), Social Feeds (on your Blackberry6) or  News Feeds (also Blackberry) or on various RSS Feed Reader Apps that can be downloaded from iTunes.

Prayer is communication with the Divine. It can be whispered or chanted or written or expressed in the work you do. However it is expressed, it is never in vain.
— Donna Wilk Cardillo

12 Things I Wish I Knew at 25 …

The New Year is a time of reflection and resolutions.  It is a time when many of us commit to implementing positive changes into our lives striving for self-improvement.  The hope is at the end of the year that perhaps we may come out happier, wiser or in some way better than when we started.  Usually, at this time of year there is an abundance of suggestions and advice on how to make this the best year yet!   This year I was particularly inspired by post written by Catholic priest and author Rev. James Martin on the occasion of his 50th birthday.  It was a compilation of 12 tweets on the 12 things that he wished he had known at 25.  These are the things I took would like to learn and incorporate into my daily living this year – and hopefully well beyond that as well.  Happy New Year!

1. First up: Stop worrying so much! It’s useless. (i.e. Jesus was right.)

2. Being a saint means being yourself. Stop trying to be someone else and just be your best self. Saves you heartache.

3. There’s no right way to pray, any more than there’s a right way to be a friend. What’s “best” is what works best for you.

4. Remember three things and save yourself lots of unneeded heartache: You’re not God. This ain’t heaven. Don’t act like a jerk.

5. Your deepest, most heartfelt desires are God’s desires for you. And vice versa. Listen. And follow them.

6. Within you is the idea of your best self. Act as if you were that person and you will become that person, with God’s grace.

7. Don’t worry too much about the worst that can happen. Even if it happens, God is with you, and you can handle it. Really.

8. You can’t force people to approve of you, agree with you, be impressed with you, love you or even like you. Stop trying.

9. When we compare, we are usually imagining someone else’s life falsely. So our real-life loses out. i.e. Compare and despair.

10. Even when you finally realized the right thing, or the Christian thing, to do, it can still be hard to do. Do it anyway.

11. Seven things to say frequently: I love you. Thank you. Thank you, God. Forgive me. I’m so happy for you! Why not? Yes.

12. Peace and joy come after asking God to free you — from anything that keeps you from being loving and compassionate.

— Rev. James Martin, S.J., December 30, 2010, Huffington Post

Rev. James Martin, S.J. is a Jesuit priest, the culture editor of America magazine and author of numerous books, including The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.  He is also the author of My Life with the Saints which Publishers Weekly named one of the Best Books of 2006.  Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media.   Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked with General Electric for several years.  He now lives in New York City.