Mary Magdalene and the power of LoveSpiritual Batteries add
Love has always driven people to great things. It can draw us to holiness, to receive and respond to God's own life. Contemplating Mary Magdalene is a powerful help for us in renewing our faith in God's love AND in our ability - through his grace - to love as well.
Good Friday: Jesus draws our sin from us in loveSpiritual Batteries add
Good Friday: Jesus draws our sin from us in love by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Peter's Denial of Jesus: a way of contemplating Jesus' loveSpiritual Batteries add
Contemplating Jesus' love during Holy Week is perhaps made easier by seeing its impact upon other people in the Gospels. Today we consider Peter's denial of Jesus as a way of seeing Jesus' love reflected, as it were, in the mirror of Peter's sin and repentance.
Contemplating the tears of JesusSpiritual Batteries add
Contemplating the tears of Jesus by Fr. Justin Gillespie
The Christian Vocation: "Do not be afraid"Spiritual Batteries add
The Christian Vocation: "Do not be afraid" by Fr. Justin Gillespie
"We are able": the desire of Jesus' disciplesSpiritual Batteries add
Following the Gospel of Matthew, we consider James and John's petition to sit on either side of Jesus in his kingdom. Even though they did not understand what they were asking for, they had eagerness and desire. Such desire will help us to understand, even if we don't understand in the moment.
Desiring to pray as Jesus praysSpiritual Batteries add
Desiring to pray as Jesus prays by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Lent: Jesus tempted in the desertSpiritual Batteries add
Lent: Jesus tempted in the desert by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Lent: Not letting our love grow coldSpiritual Batteries add
Following Pope Francis' message for lent this year, we consider the essential elements of Lent so that we might react to any coldness in our love, perhaps brought on by discouragement.
Jesus, asleep in the middle of the stormSpiritual Batteries add
At times, difficulties rage around us like a storm. In the midst of it, it seems as if Jesus were asleep: we no longer feel him or see him present. The apostles - just you like all of us - had to learn that even in those moments of "sleep", everything is in his hands. Today we pray about this mystery, asking for a renewed faith in Jesus' commitment to us and that this faith overflow in confidence - even in the midst of the storms of this world.
Jesus forms a family around himselfSpiritual Batteries add
Jesus forms a family around himself by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Admiring Jesus' determination and confidenceSpiritual Batteries add
Jesus' personality is rich. In our prayerful consideration of the Gospels, we always want to rediscover facets of it so as to love him more and to trust him more. Today we consider how determined he was to love and to save. His unshakeable determination should be for us a source of confidence as well as a way for us to understand what it means for us to be children of the Father.
Jesus' desire for faith, the size of a mustard seedSpiritual Batteries add
Jesus' desire for faith, the size of a mustard seed by Fr. Justin Gillespie
"Seeing" the Invisible God in the WorldSpiritual Batteries add
We know that God, as God, is invisible. At first, this might seem something that separates us from him. However, if we go deeper in our faith we can discover the reasons for our not experiencing him directly and, surprisingly, how this actually makes God our Father so much closer than we will ever realise in this life. Guided by St. Josemaria, we try to contemplate how this loving and invisible God can be found and loved in what is most visible and material.
Following Jesus, the Fullness of HumanitySpiritual Batteries add
We follow Jesus not only to heaven but also to our proper life on earth. He gives us the light we need to fully appreciate the gift of our life, and his redeeming love frees us to develop that gift as much as we can. As St. Josemaria would so often say, in order to be divine, we have to be very human. In this meditation, we contemplate this reality.
Jesus' Baptism and Our OwnSpiritual Batteries add
Today we contemplate the baptism of Jesus and the Father's words, "you are my Son; in you I am well pleased". Our own Baptism introduced us into Jesus' death and resurrection, making us children of the Father. We know this, but we need to pray about it so that it might determine the way we live in the world.
Contemplating the infant Jesus, contemplating JoySpiritual Batteries add
The mystery of Christmas is a chance to put aside words, and to simply see. In this meditation, we try to "get out of the way" so that our faith might grow in the riches of God's love, a love revealed in this Infant.