New Spring of Water Series: Friendship with God

New Spring of Water Series: Friendship with God

We live in a world of isolation. Though Zoom and Instagram seem to “connect” us, in reality we long for deeper communion. Jesus desires this communion with each one of us, and no matter where we are at in our relationship with Him, we can take that next step to deeper friendship through prayer. Distractions and busyness might tempt us to think that daily prayer is impossible and we’ll never be capable; but by making small, intentional changes, we can learn how to listen to His voice and receive His love. There is always a next step towards communion: will we say yes to real relationships with Jesus through daily prayer?

A Space for God

A Space for God

Have you ever noticed how often we divide up the spaces in our house? Each room has its purpose and even in the same room there can be different spaces: a space for studying, for resting, for having fun, for eating a meal… This division can be really useful and can help us to concentrate on the duty at hand, but it remains a division. Is there a space that unites? A space that, even while maintaining its distinction, integrates everything else into one movement of life? Yes, there is a space that does this: the space of prayer. In the previous Spring of Water, Sr. Clara mentioned the importance of finding an adequate place for prayer, before explaining the method of the 3 R’s. This time, we want to look more in detail at this “prayer corner”: why is it important...

From the Five W’s to the Three R’s

From the Five W’s to the Three R’s

How can I pray? At this point in the journey towards friendship with God through prayer, each one of us could (and should, if he or she has had the opportunity to follow the monthly spiritual suggestions) respond to the famous 5 W’s seen below, with his or her own experience (i.e. put the previous months’ suggestions into practice). Let’s see if this is true: Who is involved in your prayer? What is prayer? When have you prayed in recent days? Where have you prayed since you started this journey? Why do you pray? If we have difficulty finding these elements in our daily life, we can take a couple of weeks to review and put into practice the suggestions of the two previous Spring of Water reflections, and then come back here. St. Thomas also had additional...

Come and Rest with Me

Come and Rest with Me

5 New Messages Today: 3 Appointments on Google Calendar Zoom Meeting starts in 15 minutes And so, our day begins. Whether we are accessing ZOOM for school, logging into Google Teams for a business meeting, sending a text to the family to remind them about dinner, or Facetiming our friends to make plans for the weekend, we are constantly trying to connect ourselves to one another. But how often, after all of these different appointments and projects, do we arrive at the end of the day, exhausted and worn out. Our world moves so fast, that we often don’t have time to stop and truly rest. Like cars on the highway our thoughts, worries and fears move a hundred miles per hour with no end in sight. Thankfully, there are still rest stops along the way and like our cars,...

The One who sees me

The One who sees me

“While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him.”  — Luke 15:20 Have you ever walked into a room and felt invisible? Or have you ever invested in a relationship only to be slowly ignored? Have you ever felt that you were unseen or unknown? Each of us processes these types of relational limitations in different ways. Some of us try to make our presence louder until we “force” others to pay attention. Some of us become like quiet, well-behaved chameleons, because being noticed is actually painful when the deep and authentic connection we actually long for seems impossible. And it doesn’t take a psychology degree to know that many children (and adults) who act out are knowingly or unknowingly starving for the healthy attention they’ve never...

St. John Henry Newman, Apostle of Truth

St. John Henry Newman, Apostle of Truth

One of the blessings of living in Rome, the heart of the Catholic Church, is the possibility of attending Mass at the Vatican. One such Mass that a few of us Apostles of the Interior Life attended back in October was the canonization Mass for six new saints, including Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman. I had known this saint’s name growing up, mostly because the Newman Center at my local university had been named after him, but I knew little about his life. When I later studied at the local university, I continued attending my neighborhood church, and didn’t happen to participate much at the university’s Newman Center. Yet a few years after that, I found myself working for my alma mater and attending daily Mass there. The Newman Center became a part of my daily...

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity: Apostle of Friendship

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity: Apostle of Friendship

In July of 2016, sitting around the breakfast table, I shared with one of the AVI Sisters the difficulty I was having with two of my character traits, sensitivity and stubbornness, that I struggled calling “gifts” from God. They seemed to me a source of fatigue, and often temptation/sin, rather than a potential gift. Without even blinking an eye, the Sister turned towards me and said: “Briana, you must read the story of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. I think the two of you would become great friends.” Led by my own curiosity, I asked another Sister to bring me a book about St. Elizabeth and I immediately began to read. Elizabeth Catez was born in something rather like a shack on a military base in d’Avor (Bourges, France) on July 18th, 1880 to Captain Joseph Catez...