The Better Part – A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer
by Father John Bartunek, LC
No one who is learning or desires to learn to pray more deeply and meditate more effectively on the person and work of Christ should go without this book. It offers a basic but at the same time sufficiently comprehensive overview of how to meditate in the Christian tradition (no New Age or Hindu/Buddhist influences here.)
Beyond the solid instruction on meditation method, Father John provides us with meditations through the four Gospels and group study questions at the end of each of the 303 meditation units.
Time for God – Book Recommendation – Catholic Spiritual Direction January 23, 2010
Another to add to the collection: Time for God by Father Jacques Philippe
Someone once said that true genius is not in understanding complexity but in the ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms that anyone can understand. Father Jacques Philippe accomplishes in a very short easy read what most require volumes to explore and explain about the spiritual life, and specifically the life of prayer.
Okay, Last Year I Chose JOY January 22, 2010
I mean as my word, that and Joyfully, as in how I sign off in a note or e-mail. One day, I decided I liked it. I had a church friend who signed off Joyfully in an e-mail. I liked it and started doing that myself. Over several months, I realized that I was choosing JOY as a way to feel, a way to act, and as something to achieve.
Now, I find that one word resolutions, etc are really becoming the thing. When I find any other information about Joy, I will add it here. For now, see what one blogger wrote about her Joy.
I spoke with a friend about this topic – she knew my word was JOY. She came across an article about the idea of choosing a word. The article she read said that a way to use your word further was to find Bible verses that deal with your word. I am sure this would have occurred to me at some point, but I’m so glad she mentioned it!
A Great Mary and Martha Article January 15, 2010
If Mary and Martha Were Homeschool Moms
Think about it for a moment. Now according to the Word of God, there was no mention of husbands or children, so I think it is safe to assume that Mary and Martha were not married and did not have any kids. So let’s pretend for a moment each was married and they had children they homeschooled.
What do you think that would look like? We know from Scripture that Martha was busy doing and she was so demanding that she even demanded Jesus to do something! That’s pretty brazen. “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.” Luke 10:40
We know that Mary was not busy “doing.” When Jesus showed up at her house, she did not rush around picking things up to make the home look presentable. She did the exact opposite. She sat down! She sat at the feet of Jesus so she could learn from Him and be filled by Him. “And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.” Luke 10:39 Doesn’t that sound so refreshing for a moment–to just be still and sit? “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
How would Martha look as a homeschool mom? Think about how she went about her day. Busy, always doing. Demanding of others. Yikes! That sounds familiar.
Picture Mary as a homeschool mom. Peaceful and calm, patient, loving, refreshed and wise with Godly understanding. She chose “that good part.” Those words were spoken by Jesus, the King of Kings, about Mary. That is the kind of mother I wish to be. Yet that is not always how I respond to my children.
My first thought is to rush through our learning “to do” list so I can check it off and move on to more important things. I ask myself what are those “more important things” other than teaching my children the Word of God and disciplining them. (Yes, I know I have other responsibilities, but I am not referring to those times.) I have realized that I have become like Martha as I teach my children, when in my heart I want to be like Mary, peaceful and calm. I want to slow down and choose “that good part” for my children. I want to pour things of eternity into their hearts, and I want them to be filled with Jesus. I don’t want to become anxious, thinking that I have not done enough for them; that’s probably how Martha would have responded. “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.” Luke 10:41
I really loved the part I highlighted in green. Something to reflect on.
Check This Out – Gorgeous July 7, 2009
While perusing blogland several months ago, I came across this site, A Catholic Mother in Minnesota and while there today, I noticed her header for the first time (perhaps because I always read it in a reader format or perhaps because God wants to go to adoration) whatever the reason, just look at this monstrance! and a great site as well. . .
Manifest Destiny May 20, 2009
I found this article on Bargaineering. It is a blog devoted to finances, etc but I thought this particular article was relevant in so many ways to life in general. I have said that I am looking for balance in my life. The article talks about goals and how we all have many but since we really can’t effectively multi task for very long and still do things very well we are like jugglers who juggle all these various goals but our one true goal (or as the author likens it) our Manifest Destiny only gets touched once every few seconds. How can we, therefore, expect to do well by it (the one main goal) and as a consequence ourselves, our essence, our soul? Again, balance. Contentment. Serenity.
My one main goal, purpose, destiny. To get myself and as many others as I can to heaven to spend eternity with our Holy Father. Everything else follows that (relationships, health, household, vacations, hobbies and so on).