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4 Spiritual Reading Mistakes

4 Spiritual Reading Mistakes

  I’ve done my kind of spiritual reading mistakes. I love reading and I love reading for growth, but I’ve relied too much on my memory and honestly–after I finish the book, I tend to forget what has helped me reflect as I was reading it. Now, I’ve always been a reader, and a lover of books. It wasn’t until a few years ago that something switched within me, and I’ve been primarily focused on books for growth. I think this is awesome and a bit problematic. Let me explain. I’ve love collecting the amount of books that I’ve read. I love plowing through them and checking them off my list. However, spiritual reading is a bit different. There is no plowing, there is no speeding through. It’s only you, the words, your reflections, and God. And trust me, there is no time limit for this. These are some mistakes that I have made, and what I learned from it. Not writing everything down I need to get into this practice more, but a common place book is a great way to keep track of what you’re reading, and to keep notes. I’m a dabbler, so I’m not sure if I want to do it with paper and pen or all electronic. Eventually, I’ll be writing it down in a notebook, but when it’s digitally, it’s just easier to cross things out and move things around. Before, I would just highlight my book. But, that’s not note taking. I still highlight–a digital book, but I tend to write my notes for a physical book down separately. Occasionally, I’ll put...
Sunday Reflection: Jesus Is the Bread of Life

Sunday Reflection: Jesus Is the Bread of Life

Sunday Readings Reading EX 16:2-4, 12-15 Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 Reading Eph 4:17, 20-24 Jn 6:24-35 When the readings of the day start with Exodus and the bread of life conversation, I can’t help but just pick up and listen more. I’ve always loved this time of the year, because we are reminded that Jesus is the bread of life, but we are able to see this throughout the Gospel for the reading. There are three main things that I took away from these readings. We are not satisfied until we have the bread of life. In the first meeting we have the Israelites in the desert who were complaining to Moses about not having everything they had in Egypt. They complained of not having their fill of food, and how much better the lived when then were in Egypt. What the Israelites seem to forget was that they were slaves. In so many ways, this is so us. We may complain that our lives are boring compared to others. How so much more fun would be if I was able to do (and you fill in the blank). The only difference is, that we are no longer slaves to our passions, and we tend to romanticize the actions of those who we think are “living it up.” In life we’re always going to search for the next best thing. We’re always going to look for something that satisfies us. We will never be satisfied until we are full with Christ. Jesus always leads the way. “When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves...
Sunday Reflection: Walk Worthily in You Vocation

Sunday Reflection: Walk Worthily in You Vocation

I am currently reading this book called Sanctifying Your Daily Life.   It is a book about work, and how we can find holiness in our daily lives.  Even though it was written before my time (1946), there are so many things to take a way from it.  With the Second Reading of Sunday’s Mass, my thoughts naturally fell on vocation and what calling we have.  I think this book was perfect timing with the Mass.     Work these days has been something that we just had to do.  We know that some of us has to work outside of the houses and others work inside.  What I have noticed is that in our society, only one kind of work hold value.  When I was a working for pay kind of woman, my value was depended on how much I could bring in.  I was valuable to the company based on how much I was earring. The goal was to always increase my earnings, because (like everyone) my value and worth was wrapped in how much I was making.  Then I stopped working in 2009 to be a full-time stay at home mom, and oh boy did the mental games begin!  I felt that I didn’t have value to my family because I wasn’t bring in income.  That my role of watching and taking care of a baby (at the time) was nothing, compared to working outside of the home and generating money. Society didn’t tell me different either.  When I would come across people who found out I was a mother full-time, the question would always be, “So when are you...
Rest With the Lord – A Sunday Reflection

Rest With the Lord – A Sunday Reflection

  “Gospel, Mark 6:30-34 30 The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, ‘Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that there was no time for them even to eat. 32 So they went off in the boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. 33 But people saw them going, and many recognised them; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. 34 So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length. “ I’ve been running on empty for the past few weeks. It wasn’t something that I planned, but time flew away from me and the next thing that I noticed–I was moody and cranky, and honestly I just wanted to sit somewhere and cry (or stare at a wall for a very long time). I know I am not the only one who goes through something like this–life just doesn’t seem to slow down, and it’s usually one thing after another. Well, this weekend, I’ve just about had it. I was having a conversation with my husband about it, and it was a sad reality that I was facing; I was sitting on our bed, and I was just beat–I didn’t want to do anything. I didn’t want to cook (even though I...
Falling In Love with the Rosary

Falling In Love with the Rosary

    In the past, I’ve never really been consistent with praying the Rosary.  I have prayed it, but then stopped, or done it part way because I though it was too long and I couldn’t get through it.  I know, very childish (sorry God).  But then there was a moment during Lent that I said, “That’s it, I’m going to pray the Rosary!”  I chose Lent to start because it was easy, for the 40-days, it’s usually the Sorrowful Mysteries.  In that way, I can pray the rosary, but memorize the Sorrowful Mysteries as well–awesome, right? What I didn’t know was how I was going to love praying the rosary.  How the prayer was like breathing, and the days that I missed it (due to the craziness of life), are the days that feel like it was incomplete.   I still go through moments when I’m on fire and pray the rosary sometimes up to 2 times a day, and other days, I struggle to get through one full rosary in a day. The times I find myself praying the rosary the most is when I’m feeling anxious and worried.  My mind likes to wonder and get away from me sometimes; I can work myself up for no particular reason.  I would have hoped that by this time (my age *ahem*), I would’ve outgrown this behavior, but I’ve come to accept that this is who I am, and this is my cross to carry.  During those times, the beads then become a lifeline to heaven for me.  It’s my speed dial for help!  Through tears, or fear–somehow praying the prayers...
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