You know, I’m always surprised by which of my old blog posts gets the most traffic. Usually, they tend to be posts that were on some random topic that I was writing about at the time, more for aiding my own memory than for anyone else.
1) This week, you seemed especially interested in Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s The Discernment of Spirits (post), so I thought it worth mentioning that he’s releasing a new book soon, Teaching Discernment: A Pedagogy for Presenting Ignatian Discernment of Spirits. You can learn more about that here. Also, if you haven’t already discovered it, he’s got a podcast series on Apple’s Podcasts app. I’ve been looking for great lectures so anything by Fr. Gallagher is usually pretty good.
Also worth checking out are Gabriel Castillo’s talks on Catholic Audio. I’ve been listening to them this week as a refresher; I used to avidly follow Gabriel’s YouTube channel, which has a ton of great info, especially on Marian consecration. He’s young, he’s passionate about God, and he’s approachable. Check him out.
2) For my non-Facebook friends, you may not have heard that I’ve undertaken the ambitious (for me) project of reading Divine Mercy in My Soul: The Diary of the Servant of God, Sister M. Faustina Kowalska. St. Faustina is not someone whom I’ve talked about extensively here, although I’ve shared about her Chaplet of Divine Mercy. So, because apparently I don’t have enough to do, I’ve decided it’s time to try and tackle the 1828 sections over 644 pages of her diaries, and post updates on Facebook.
To that end, I’ve created a group to share passages with friends and interested readers, and I post comments on the material as I’m reading. To be respectful of copyrights, I’ve set the perms to invite-only. If you happen to stumble upon it, or you’re interested in joining, let me know. Or if you’d like to see me blog about St. Faustina here, that could be a topic for another day to share on.
3) A shout-out to new reader, Vijaya, who had some great suggestions for Catholic audio and homilies, on last week’s newsletter. I don’t get a lot of feedback very often here but there are a number of subscribers so I just wanted to thank Vijaya for saying hello and chiming in on the discussion of the week. And if you like Catholic discussions, be sure to check out her blog.
4) My family and I had intended to go to an outdoor jazz concert this week and it was cancelled due to the last of Hurricane Barry sweeping through the area. It’s been a surprisingly balmy July here and with the downpour, we enjoyed a quieter evening than planned. I am grateful that God understands our needs better than we do.
What are you grateful for this week? Leave a comment and let’s share.
Photo of the Week:
Dessert one night this week was a fabulous peach cobbler made with organic, local peaches picked fresh that morning by restaurant staff, topped with vanilla gelato and a drizzling of caramel. That’s a small pot of double bergamot Earl Grey to go with the cobbler. There were leftovers! I’m definitely grateful for yummy and unique (for me) dessert opportunities, and for being able to share that time with loved ones.
Prayer of the Week:
“Heavenly Father, thank you for the rain which waters the earth and for providing us with the conditions we need to grow towards holiness, even when we may not comprehend it at the time. Please stir in our hearts the grace to recognize the areas where we have fallen short and offended Thy most Sacred Heart, and help us to render such consolations to help reconcile the world to You, for Your sake. Thank you also for the experienced teachers you place in our path to guide us in understanding the scriptures and we ask that you please bless their ministries and families. We ask that Your will be done, in Jesus’ holy and precious name we pray. Amen.”
Keep reaching higher,