"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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Contemplating Jesus' Love as SalvationSpiritual Batteries add
We can benefit greatly from contemplating a man who was freed from demonic possession by Jesus. His desire to look at Jesus, to listen to Jesus, and to let others know about him all result from his experience of "salvation". When we see evil in the world - and evil done by members of the Church - we need to respond with an even greater faith in Jesus' salvific love. He deals with evil and conquers it, and that victory is made available to each one of us through the Sacraments within the Church. We want to experience Jesus' love to the full, therefore we want to experience it as Salvation.
Courage to Walk on WaterSpiritual Batteries add
Peter sees Jesus walking on the water, and guided by desire more than what he feels possible, asks Jesus to do something he's never done before. If we want to receive the gift of the Eucharist, we do well to foster that same faith, that same courage.
Christian striving is a gift, not an impositionSpiritual Batteries add
Jesus has made it very clear to us that following him is not an easy path. We must take up our cross each day and follow him. We need to re-discover, though, that paradoxically our joy resides precisely in the daily struggle, rather than in avoiding it. Here we try to pray with Jesus' parable of the talents to see more clearly how we might live this way.
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Learning to listen to Jesus and not just to ourselvesSpiritual Batteries add
Contemporary psychology - and many other observant people - have noted how vulnerable we are to "confirmation bias": the tendency to notice what we already expected more than what is actually before us. Pope Francis has often reminded us that God is a "God of surprises". To actually be surprised, then, and to received what he wants to give us, we do well to be aware of and struggle against this confirmation bias in our relationship with God.
Jesus calls forth desire from the hardness of our heartsSpiritual Batteries add
Great saints like Augustine understood that the human soul is insatiable, that it hungers for the infinite. Desire, then, is not primarily a problem to be side-stepped, but a reality that must be answered. This answer is Jesus, who calls for our deepest desires so that he might answer them.
Contemplating Jesus' self-giving, the way to true LifeSpiritual Batteries add
When we contemplate the life of Jesus, we are doing much more than considering a possible way of acting. We are peering into the inner life of God, his Mystery. What we want to glimpse in this time of prayer is how his essence is self-giving and how that floods with light our own lives and the choices we face.
Saints Peter and Paul: responding to Jesus' callingSpiritual Batteries add
Pillars of the Church, the feast of Sts Peter and Paul gives us the occasion to consider our own Christian vocation.
St Josemaría, God's love coming close to usSpiritual Batteries add
St Josemaría, God's love coming close to us by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Following Jesus, not perfectionismSpiritual Batteries add
Following Jesus, not perfectionism by Fr. Justin Gillespie
The Holy Spirit and the gift of freedomSpiritual Batteries add
The Holy Spirit and the gift of freedom by Fr. Justin Gillespie
Freely choosing to abide in Jesus, the VineSpiritual Batteries add
Freely choosing to abide in Jesus, the Vine by Fr. Justin Gillespie