Articles Under: Spiritual Formation and Prayer

God is always at work in the hearts of his children. When catechists become aware of the mystery of the Triune God at work in the hearts of the children we serve, we naturally respond with humility and a desire for greater obedience to God, the Master Catechist. Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi, cofounders of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd knew how to bow before the mystery of God at work in children, as is evident from this quote they wrote in a letter to catechists in Canada: It happens that in being with children we will sense the... Read more
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In Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Romans, we read: “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age . . . .” (Rom 12:1-2). To some, this may sound contradictory: “offer you bodies as . . . your spiritual worship.” To those who think that the material and the spiritual are not only separate but completely separated categories, Saint Paul’s exhortation makes no sense. There are philosophies that presume the material and the spiritual (if there even is a spiritual reality) are completely separate. And there are... Read more
In Weakness People don’t brag about how weak they are. People want to think of themselves as confident, capable, self-sufficient... strong . I certainly don't recall being cheered on for how physically weak I was as a freshman in gym class! And if there had been an award for that, I certainly would have won. I couldn't bench press the bar. These are not the stories we celebrate or share with others—we love sharing the stories in which we were the heroes. The paradox of the Christian faith is that when we are weak, God's greatness and his strength are... Read more
Adoration: Losing Self, Finding Peace This article is the second in a three part series on the spiritual mission of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity for our time. We are arguing that contemplation of the Triune God can heal the wounds of social alienation that so profoundly mark the experience of believers today and, more than this, offers a fullness of Christian living no other kind of prayer can match. In our last article, we distinguished St. Elizabeth’s confidence in presenting a contemplative approach to the Trinity in contradistinction to the tentativeness that often comes through the preaching of those... Read more
A Spiritual Mission for our Time “O My God, Trinity whom I adore, help me….” So begins an oblation to the Triune God that has enriched the Church’s devotion to the Three Divine Persons more than any other contemporary expression of piety. Identified as the Mystic of Dijon by Hans Urs von Balthasar, greats like Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange and Louis Bouyer have seen St. Elizabeth’s spiritual doctrine as an authoritative witness. Recently canonized, Elizabeth of the Trinity is the only 20 th Century saint, who is not otherwise a pope, quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church . Her writings... Read more
The Second Vatican Council’s reminder of a “ universal call to holiness ” for all the baptized [1] has borne great fruit in the life of the Church. In her mission of evangelization and catechesis, the Church has gradually identified how the call to holiness takes on flesh even in the life of a catechist. In fact, over the last 25 years there has been an emerging discussion of an authentic “spirituality of the catechist” based on the vocation and mission of the catechist. This positive movement is reflected in the Church documents and, with ever-increasing and expanding frequency, in... Read more
The Book of Wisdom (18:6, 9) speaks to us about “the night of the Passover,” saying that the Israelites in Egypt were “putting into effect with one accord the divine institution.” Something divine was being instituted—established—when the Jews performed that first Passover meal according to the instructions they had received from God through Moses. Something “divine” because something of God. However, the Passover meal of the New Covenant is divine in a far more profound way because in it there is not merely something of God, but God himself . The Body and Blood, the Soul and Divinity of Jesus... Read more