Want to Deepen Your Faith–Try This…

I’ve mentioned several times in my blogs that I’m a big fan of Matthew Kelly’s book “Rediscovering Catholicism.” One of the things he discusses in his book is the importance of spiritual reading. He even goes so far as to say:

“We could…dream up of all types of elaborate adult education programs, but my proposal is that we encourage Catholic adults to read good spiritual books.”

Catholics are leaving the Church in droves because they don’t agree with certain teachings. But these Catholics that are leaving the Church don’t understand WHY the Church takes the stance it does. We can do whatever we can to try to get them to stay or come back but they will never understand it fully unless they discover it themselves. Encouraging spiritual reading will give all Catholics (not just the fallen away) the opportunity to discover the fullness of our faith on our own. If all of us would just take the time to read why the Church teaches what it does we will gain a better understanding of the beauty of the truth the Church is bestowing on us.

Likewise, if good, faithful Catholics immerse themselves in spiritual reading–even if it’s only 15 minutes a day–then they will deepen their faith and grow closer to Christ. I have tried this Lent to spend time each day doing some spiritual reading and I am already feeling the difference. So my challenge to all who read this is to spend time each day reading something spiritual. It will change your life!

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Published in: on March 28, 2009 at 3:09 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. That’s great advice. This Lent, I’m finding I rely heavily on “traditional” spiritual practices — traditional prayers and fasting, that kind of thing. But what’s missing is just what you’re suggesting — daily study. And there’s so many good Catholics books out there.

  2. There indeed are lots of good Catholic books out there. Every age since the dawn of Christianity has its treasures. I’m trying to compile a list of my favorites. Check out my recommended resources. I plan on updating titles as I remember what I liked or read new one’s. It was through reading that I gained the knowledge of the fullness of my faith. I don’t think I could have come to it any other way.


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