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)  

What Are You Thinking?

I was deeply affected by something I read the other day in Matthew Kelly’s book Rediscovering Catholicism. It was just one small sentence, but it impacted me tremendously. Here it is:

“The actions of your life are determined by your last most dominant thought.”

Take a moment and reflect on it. Read it two or three times and really discern what it is saying to you.

I first read this sentence about a week and a half ago. It has been with me ever since, almost haunting me. I can’t stop thinking about it and the implications of it. What are my thoughts? Do they really influence my actions and if so, how?

Our thoughts do indeed affect our actions. It is impossible for them to not. We need to make an effort to limit the influences on our thoughts. We are hammered by over 17,000 images, words, and influences every day. These influences are mostly media related–television, internet, music, magazines, etc. Every time we listen to something, see something, or read something it enters into our thought processes. We can’t avoid it. So, the question that remains, what are your most DOMINANT thoughts? Are your most dominant thoughts those of the media with their secular biases, or are your most dominant thoughts those of a Christian worldview? What we can control is which thoughts dominate our minds. If we fill ourselves with the love of Christ and enter into a relationship with Him, then He will dominate our thoughts. I’ve been trying to allow Christ to dominate my thoughts over the past week and I can already feel a difference in my life.

Published in: on March 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm  Comments (2)