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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Lent Reading

My Spiritual director has given a book to read during lent which is aimed at progressing me spiritually.

As we are at the beginning of lent, I have only just started the book and really find structure and content useful. It has real challenges within its pages to create a closer union with God. The book is called 'The Spiritual Combat' and has practical explanations and tips at achieving something spiritually deeper that God wants from us.

It's really easy to drift along and go to church every Sunday being a 'minimal effort' Catholic. I have experienced this in my life but have decided that it is not something that can be taken lightly. I have to improve my relationship with the holy trinity and I will show God my wants and needs and the rest is up to him. I hope he offers me his graces and that, if he does, I can see them clearly.

I am also reading my walk with me book which I always find a useful and accessible tool every lent/advent.

I would be really interested to hear what other people are doing for lent to prepare for Easter and hope that we are all going to deepen our relationship with Jesus.

Just a week to go to the SPUC youth conference and I am getting a little worried about last minute preps but please pray for us that it runs smoothly and invigorates the attendees into action.

In God's Love

SSG

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Preperation For Lent

Wow, time is going so fast. Lent is not far away and I find myself in need of this time of prayer and fasting to direct my eyes towards heaven.

What should I do to come closer to the holy trinity?

I find myself struggling over the last couple of months to hear the messages from Jesus and feel very spiritually dry. Now in my own mind I say 'either I have offended Jesus too much and he has turned his back on me' which I know he would never do, or, 'I am going through a time that will ultimately bring me closer too him'. I don't feel him answering me and I don't feel compelled to pray, but I continue to do so. At this time I can only throw myself to the ground in front of the blessed sacrament and pray that I am on the right path.

Throughout lent I can hopefully receive some comfort from the holy spirit and feel God's loving arms around me. I need to think of a strict routine of prayer, fasting and charity and stick to it with a strong fervour. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear from them.

Hopefully everyone else is thinking of lent and I ask you to pray for me that I come closer to God through this season.

Praise be to Jesus, both now and forever!!!!


In God's Love


SSG

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Open and Honest

I have never been shy to tell people when I have a problem with them. However, sometimes I just forget to bring an issue up or sometimes I can be too lazy too. This always makes a problem worse and lengthens the time it takes to get over the issue or problem.

I can see that it may be daunting to tell somebody that you may have a problem with them but I can never rest when I know that something has to be said. This can be a positive and negative quality as it can get me into deeper water but I feel it promotes honesty and I never find it easy to lie (thankfully)

I have recently had some issues with work and family life which have had to be resolved through a brunt 'let me tell you whats on my mind' scenario and they have been difficult. The reward is the understanding and peace that follows and this for me will always be the way forward.

Honesty brings peace......excellent.

In God's Love

SSG