Although Christ most certainly loves you, he reserves his exquisite and indescribable gifts for those who prove their love for him. Here are some helpful spiritual exercises for proving your love for the Savior during the Christmas season.
As I prayed the Rosary while a beautiful sunrise unfolded overhead, I realized that prayer was not so much about accomplishing something as it was about entering into a relationship, a communion, a loving conversation with the divine Other who is Love.
Ah, New Year’s resolutions. The world first tells us to make them, promising success if we purchase this, this, and this. Then the world likes to rub it in our faces so that by day 6 most of us have given up. Day 6! Not even a full week.
In our trial on the Earth, prayer serves to educate man into the adoration due to God and the love of his fellow brothers. It has a transformative effect on man, uniting him to God and assisting him in living a life of charity in support of the common good.
This morning the dome of heaven is swaddled in heavy, gray clouds, but the air is light and crisp and paper-thin, like the translucent veil which divides the Church Militant from the Church Suffering. It reminds me of the importance of praying for the holy souls in Purgatory.