Counter-Dynamics: Obstacles to Spiritual Vitality and What You Can Do About Them

Ongoing conversion is necessary for spiritual vitality, and the Holy Spirit works in us to bring about this conversion. If we have received the Spirit through the sacraments, should we not, then, experience ongoing growth? What holds us back? Counter-dynamics! A counter-dynamic (my term and not the Church’s) is anything that creates resistance to conversion.Continue reading “Counter-Dynamics: Obstacles to Spiritual Vitality and What You Can Do About Them”

Three Keys to Transforming Your Prayer – Key #3

So far you’ve established a discipline of prayer and have begun to practice solitude. So what else is there? A few years ago I would have answered: “To learn better and deeper ways to pray.” That would be helpful, but today I would answer differently.   Key #3: Adjust your attitude.   Really? Is thatContinue reading “Three Keys to Transforming Your Prayer – Key #3”

A Recipe for Happiness

Note from the editor: This recipe was first submitted by Jesus the Christ (Messiah) during his Sermon on the Mount. He was disqualified by the judges of his day for claiming to be God and received the harshest penalty: death on a cross by crucifixion. However, since he actually WAS God’s Son, he rose from theContinue reading “A Recipe for Happiness”

Are You Ready to Drop Your Net?

You’re standing in the narthex at your church when someone asks you to join a weekly Bible study? What’s the first thing that crosses your mind? Vincent de Paul needs volunteers to help move items for the poor this next weekend. Do you consider how you can rearrange your schedule and pitch in, or doContinue reading “Are You Ready to Drop Your Net?”