When words don’t come: on prayer and writing

I'm currently involved in a program with my parish called Called and Gifted. It was developed by the Catherine of Siena Institute and it's designed to help lay people discover their spiritual gifts (called "charisms") so they can better put themselves at the service of God and the Catholic Church. The program runs for several …

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33 Days to Merciful Love, by Fr. Michael Gaitley

Hey, look! Another book recommendation, finally! One of my favorite spiritual authors as of late has been Fr. Michael Gaitley. A Marian Father of the Immaculate Conception, Gaitley has become well-known in the last few years for his books that turn intimidating spiritual devotions into highly accessible and applicable practices. His most popular work of …

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What I’ve learned from spiritual darkness and dryness

Awhile back I wrote extensively on a long period of spiritual darkness that I went through for a few years. This past Advent I wrote a reflection borne from another darkness. The crushing interior sense of God's absence, the difficulty praying and going to Mass, the fear that your relationship with God isn't what you …

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