Read, Pray, Listen
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Turn it off. Turn off the TV, the radio, the computer, the iPad, the cellphone. We live in a noisy world. Not only do people demand our attention but so do a myriad of electronic noise-makers. Want to stay sane? Want to become a saint? Turn it all off for a little while every day.
When we take time to be quiet we can think about what really matters. In our quiet space we're forced to face ourselves. How is my day going? My week? My life? Am I making choice that lead me toward happiness and holiness? Or am I running in circles?
God is there, in the quiet. He's waiting. He loves you! He delights in your company! In the quiet we may discover in ourselves a longing for MORE of God, for more of life, for more happiness, healing, and time to become who He created us to be. If we take time to be quiet we just might hear the voice of God, His soft and life-changing voice - the voice we can't hear when there is too much noise.
Have a big family? Lots of kids demanding your attention? You MUST find a few minutes a day of quiet in order to be a good parent. Bathtub. Walk around the block after supper. Sit in the car, alone. God calls us to the quiet. Jesus went out into the desert for quiet. You can find it. You can MAKE it. You need it. You'll be glad you did.
She was a lifetime agnostic, filled with disdain for people who believed in God. Her parents didn't believe in God, neither did she or any of her friends. As she grew up she became more and more entangled in the influences of a corrupted world: troubled friends, unhealthy relationships, bad choices. She realized she was staring into an abyss, searching for meaning in relationships and in the environmental movement.
Then she found out she was pregnant.
Listen to Kelly Daly tell her story finding true, abiding love and mercy.
If you are in any kind of crisis, please ask for prayer HERE
He was an average Catholic kid who loved to play hockey and was good enough to play semi-pro. One summer he got to thinking: "I'm always striving for excellence in sports, in school, but not in my spiritual life." From that point on, things started to change in surprising ways.
Listen as Father Nick Nelson tells the story of God's call to the priesthood and how he has experienced the Mercy of God in many ways since his ordination.
(Do you need prayer? Wondering about your vocation? Leave a message at the Catholic Grandma prayer site.)
Help, O Lord, for good men have vanished;
truth has gone from the sons of men.
Falsehood they speak one to another,
with lying lips, with a false heart.
May the Lord destroy all lying lips,
the tongue that speaks high-sounding words,
those who say, "Our tongue is out strength:
our lips are our own who is our master?"
"For the poor who are oppressed and the needy who
groan I myself will arise," says the Lord.
Their first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. So did many, many others. They wanted children, and God gave them children, but for every live child they lost another one.
Listen to Tracy Spenst's story of how she and her husband had to depend on God throughout the experience of multiple miscarriages. A good reminder of the value of every human life, no matter how small, and the Catholic teaching on what it means to be open to life.
Many couples would have given up. Tracy and Nolan continued to trust in God. A beautiful witness to the faithfulness of Jesus in times of trial and grief.