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”

Three Keys to Transforming Your Prayer Life – Key #2

Here’s a brief recap of what we’ve covered so far: The Spirit gives us a hunger and thirst for God; so we seek to draw near to him and desire communion with God through prayer. The weakness of our flesh and Satan act to deceive, discourage, and divert us can frustrate us in our pursuit.Continue reading “Three Keys to Transforming Your Prayer Life – Key #2”

Three Keys to Transforming Your Prayer Life – Key #1

Prayer is crucial for spiritual vitality. While praying to God seems straightforward, establishing a consistent pattern of prayer that will lead to personal transformation is not. My experience has been one of ongoing vigilance and battle, and while I just might be a tougher case than most people, I don’t think so. In this articleContinue reading “Three Keys to Transforming Your Prayer Life – Key #1”