Obstacles in Prayer: “I am distracted”

Obstacles in Prayer: “I am distracted”

Men and women alike struggle with distractions in prayer. “I wonder if they responded to my email.”  “What time is it? Is it time to get back to work?”  “Should I make spaghetti for dinner or get take-out somewhere?”  “If I get a B on the next exam is that enough to get a B in the class?”  Let’s admit it, distractions are a part of our human nature. While listening to a homily, engaging in an online class, praying the rosary, or reading this blog, you might catch yourself getting distracted dozens of times. Oftentimes you might not even notice that your mind has wandered off. To add to this, we live in a fast paced, technological world where we are constantly being bombarded by distractions that are vying for our next click. Can we find peace in the midst of so...

My heart is yours now

My heart is yours now

On this Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we strive to open our hearts that we might receive this gift with greater receptivity. Today if we are unable to be in His physical presence in the Eucharist, we remember that He dwells faithfully within our hearts and will never abandon us. “Fear not, for I am with you” (Is. 43:5). Come to Me, to receive what you have always longed for. My heart is yours now. Come to Me today, as you are: no need to perform, to earn, to appear. Come to Me with your worries and distractions, your weariness and your stress, your joys and your thankfulness. You have My undivided attention. So, let down your guard and come, come to Me as you are. Today I desire to look at you, My child. Today I want to remind...

Servant of God Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo, Apostle of Surrender

Servant of God Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo, Apostle of Surrender

I walked outside to get some fresh air after having turned off the evening news which was filled with updates of the coronavirus spreading throughout the world. With all the worries that flooded my heart, I thought it would be a good time to pray Day 3 of the Surrender Novena: How many things I do when the soul, in so much spiritual and material need turns to me, looks at me and says to me, “You take care of it,” then closes its eyes and rests. In pain you pray for me to act, but that I act in the way you want. You do not turn to me, instead, you want me to adapt to your ideas. You are not sick people who ask the doctor to cure you, but rather sick people who tell the doctor how to. So do not act this way, but pray as I taught you in the Our Father: “Hallowed be...