A shameless friendship with JesusSpiritual Batteries add
A shameless friendship with Jesus by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Mary, our Mother: sharing her closeness with JesusSpiritual Batteries add
Mary, our Mother: sharing her closeness with Jesus by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Finding our delight in the infant JesusSpiritual Batteries add
The Psalmist tells us to "delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart". With these words as our guide, we try and contemplate the mystery of and infant-God so as to overcome the shame and inadequacy that we feel before such a mighty love.
"The Lord is near"Spiritual Batteries add
In Advent, the Church invites us to rejoice as the coming of Christ approaches. In our prayer today we try to contemplate what it means that Jesus comes close to us, how he rejoices over us, and how in him we can experience God's own peace.
Thirsting for God with a unified heartSpiritual Batteries add
We all have the experience of wanting different things, of having all sorts of desires. But God wants to integrate us, to fill us with a unifying desire to be united with Him, and therefore to experience in an authentic way all of the other joys of life. Today we pray about our need to desire more, not less, and for that desire to be something that unifies us and liberates us.
The Grace of GratitudeSpiritual Batteries add
Jesus encourages us to be grateful because he wants us to discover the joy and the communion that he himself has with the Father. Today we contemplate how one leper learned to be grateful, and pray that we might receive a similar grace in our own lives.
"He first loved us"Spiritual Batteries add
In his first letter, St. John meditates upon his experience that God has loved us first and that, as a result, we are able to love him. In today's prayer we try to follow his words so that the Holy Spirit can help us grow in the love that casts out fear and makes our souls beautiful in their pursuit of Him.
The Fire of the Holy SpiritSpiritual Batteries add
In order to believe in God's love for us, we need "proof" of a sort. What can I look to in order to know that He loves me? Many saints have found that answer looking at the Cross. This is where Jesus shows me not only that he loves me, but what that love means. However, in order for that not to remain a dry consideration, we need the fire of the Holy Spirit to ignite us with the faith that Jesus' action on the Cross was actually about me. This is what we pray about today.
Death, Hope, and the Resurrection that awaits usSpiritual Batteries add
Today we contemplate not only the reality of our own death, but the hope that awaits us: Jesus' return to renew the world and resurrect us into his own Life. Christian faith is a faith of hope precisely because it looks to the Resurrection. We do well to pray about these events that await us so that we can live filled with a certain hope in this present time - a hope that enables us to passionately love this world of ours.
"Be not afraid": God's Fatherly loveSpiritual Batteries add
St. John Paul II famously challenged us to, "Be not afraid". Today we remember how we have been given the "authority" to become children of God and that this is why we should not be afraid of responding generously to the mission that was entrusted to us in our baptism.
Letting Jesus teach us to be secure in following HimSpiritual Batteries add
In order to become secure and free persons who are able to face the challenges and possibilities of life, as infants and throughout our life we need other people who see our needs, make us safe, and can soothe us in distress. All of this contributes to makes us secure in ourselves and therefore able to launch out into the world. Here we pray about how Jesus wants us to have this same security and how we can see him seeing us, protecting us, and soothing us in Scripture. And all of this so that, through prayer, we can have the secure confidence of Christian witnesses and transmit this to others as well.
"In the beginning was the Word"Spiritual Batteries add
Following the advice of St. Josemaria, we should seek the gift of a "prayer of quiet" - a prayer where it is God who speaks. In this meditation we turn to the prologue of the Gospel of John to practice preparing for such a prayer. Also, we consider how our contact with Jesus should lead us, as it did for Andrew and Philip, to bring others to "come and see" Jesus.
Jesus Reveals God as He ForgivesSpiritual Batteries add
Jesus does not openly declare himself to be God, so much as show it through his actions. What he does reveals God, and his words shine light on those actions. Here we contemplate his encounter with a woman caught in adultery, and pray that we might have more confidence in coming towards Jesus ourselves.
Spiritual Batteries "Live" - 3 Oct 2018Spiritual Batteries add
Instead of relying on the podcast, many young adults came together in Dublin for the second edition of "Spiritual Batteries Live", held in Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Dublin. This is a recording of the guided prayer portion, which was followed by musical adoration and personal prayer. Afterwards, we enjoyed a discussion on the science of human attention and focus, and it's relation to the Christian life.
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Contemplating the God We See in Jesus' FaceSpiritual Batteries add
After the Resurrection, Thomas saw his friend Jesus and declared, "my Lord and my God". Who was the God he saw in Jesus' face? Who do we understand God to be, actually? Here we try to prayerfully consider what the entire Bible tells us about the God Thomas saw in Jesus' face, the God we call, Abba, Father.
"Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof"Spiritual Batteries add
Every time we participate in the Mass, right before receiving the Eucharist, we say: "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed". As we know, these are the words that a Roman centurion spoke to Jesus, filled we faith. In order to more easily make them our own during the Mass, let's pray about that exchange between Jesus and the centurion. Our goal will be to live that moment in the Mass with greater faith and love.
Learning with Peter how to be God's childSpiritual Batteries add
Jesus is a master teacher and just as he did with Peter, he wants us to see for ourselves what it means to live as children of the Father in the world. Here we contemplate Peter's struggle with whether or not the Temple tax should be paid and, through Jesus' reply, how Peter was taught to be a son.
Believing in Jesus in the Middle of the StormSpiritual Batteries add
When circumstances around us - or within us - make it very hard to be award of God's presence, we have a chance to grow in faith. Like the Apostles, we can discover that even though it seems that Jesus is asleep, that he is not concerned, all the world is in his control. He is committed to us and seeks us out. Believing this, more than an emotional state in the moment, is the kind of spiritual maturity that we seek through prayer.
Like Zaccheus, Jesus Seeks Us OutSpiritual Batteries add
In our Christian life, we are perhaps most aware of our own efforts. It's what we immediately perceive. Contemplating the story of Zaccheus, we might also notice most of all his efforts to, "see who Jesus was": avoiding the crowds by shamelessly climbing a tree. But the real story is that Jesus was the one seeking out Zaccheus. It is a very important discovery to find out how this is also true for each one of us.
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