Grow Your Faith
Growing in faith is about building a deeper and stronger relationship with Christ. Some great ways of doing this include participating frequently in the sacraments, developing strong habits of daily prayer, fasting, engaging in spiritual reading, or attending a retreat.
Two great starting points are The Holy Bible, especially the Gospels, and The Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism is a long book. If you're unfamiliar with the catechism, you might try starting with the Compendium, which is a shorter review, or synthesis, of the Catechism. This is available on Amazon and can be found here. Or, as a great beginning resource, check out The Joy of Believing by Archbishop William Lori. This is an even shorter review of the Compendium, or likely the shortest/most approachable review of our Catechism currently in print. It's also on Amazon and can be found here. It was originally written as an ongoing series of articles for the Knights of Columbus. There are also many daily devotionals for Catholics. One great resource is Give us This Day, which offers a print and digital monthly subscription, offering mass readings, a reflection on those readings, a morning and evening prayer, a reflection on a saint for each day of the month, plus additional prayers or hymns with each month.
Every one to two month interval, we're going to try to suggest at least five resources to help us grow closer to Christ and better know His great love, mercy, and joy. Parishioners, if you have any suggestions for these, we would love your help! Please call us at 493-4553 or write out your ideas on the "Contact Us" page under this same "About Us" tab.
-Matthew Kelly's Prayer Process: This is an update on a long honored form of prayer in our Church: the examen of consciousness. It's a way to look back on your previous day for 5-15 minutes and, by writing about this over time, better believe in and see God's hand in your life. Click here to see a video clip from Matthew Kelly explaining it. When you get to his ite (Dynamic Catholic) click on the video for 4.3 - it says Prayer Process.
-Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Philippe
-Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
-The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections by Lisa Hendey and Sarah Reinhard
-Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West (an introduction to this theological teaching developed by Saint Saint John Paull II)