Inaccuracies and distortions in thinking create a multitude of problems with self-esteem, motivation and relationships. This includes our relationship with God. The goal then, is learning to tell ourselves the truth.
Grace in the dark was an unexpected discovery for me during the COVID lockdown. I could not have predicted that God would bring me to a deeper prayer life with Him in the Blessed Sacrament as a result of the pandemic.
St. Pio popularized a wonderful devotional prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He used to pray this novena every day for those who asked his intercession.
The American novelist Flannery O’Connor once commented about how the Eucharist was the center of her existence. “All the rest of life is expendable,” she said. If we plumb the depths of the Eucharist in faith, we are met with the fact that we cannot live without it.
Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs. Charles Lwanga is an Ugandan Catholic martyred in Namungongo in 1886 by burning at the stake.
What do we know of this wondrous mystery of three divine, distinct Persons who are one God? It is unfortunate that there is a rather prevalent and inconsiderate habit of not thinking too deeply about the Trinity. True, the doctrine can seem dauntingly confusing. It is, after all, ultimately a strict mystery.
Easter leads us into Pentecost when we as Catholics are reminded about how we should be listening to the Holy Spirit. But now that the Holy Day and the Easter Season have past, how can we keep this imperative lesson in mind?
God’s timing and His plan for our lives can present us with a real challenge to our faith and trust in Him. We have to give up control.