Spiritual Tools

Beautiful Hope

Our recommended spiritual tool for this week is the book Beautiful Hope, edited by Matthew Kelly.

As we struggle to survive and grow in a culture that seems to produce hopelessness with astounding consistency, and when everything seems chaotic as we are faced with many negative realities, we may be tempted to think that nothing makes sense anymore – that there seems to be no hope that things will get better.

But we are not alone! God is continually present with us, and His love and grace fill us with great hope. Knowing this, we can be peaceful and hopeful in the midst of our difficulties.

In this wonderful book, Beautiful Hope, well known million seller Catholic writer, Matthew Kelly has collected a number of short essays and personal stories on this topic by many contributors, some well-respected authors and speakers, and other ordinary people who, like you, have dealt with challenges and problems just like you.

Purchase this book at your local Catholic bookstore or online. Don’t forget – if you shop on Amazon, make sure to start at Smile.Amazon.com and request that Pilgrim Center of Hope receive a portion of your purchase at no cost to you. Thank you for your much-needed support of this ministry.

Holy Spirit Make Your Home in Me by Fr. George Montague, SM

George Montague invites us to welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts in fresh, new ways. Both an eminent bible scholar and a humble pastor, Fr. Montague meditates here on the gift of the Holy Spirit in Scripture. He employs popularly presented biblical interpretation, warmly described personal experience, and the inspiring testimony of others to show us how God’s gift of the Spirit is meant to powerfully transform our lives.

Twenty-six short, readable chapters on biblical images, gifts, and works of the Spirit.
A beautifully crafted prayer at the end of each chapter.
Relevant for all, no matter where they are in their spiritual journey.

Fr. George T. Montague, SM, is a Marianist priest known internationally for his numerous books on Scripture and spirituality. He is former president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. A popular speaker, he has been involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since 1970, and is professor of biblical theology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

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His Cross In Your Life by Bertrand Weaver, CP

His Cross In Your Life

by Bertrand Weaver, C.P.

The Cross has the answers you are seeking…

… and Fr. Weaver’s powerful book will help you find them. It’s just 112 pages of always practical, never theoretical, advice. Father Weaver reveals how the cross can bring you peace, joy, and happiness, and he shows how you can unite any suffering in your own life–large or small–with the sufferings of Christ.

From the book –  “Because of the cross, Christianity is a religion of hope.  There would be no hope for mankind if it were not for the cross. … Christ bears the hopes of humanity in his out-stretched arms on the cross.  With that gesture of embrace he encourages every (one) to hope.”

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The Name of Jesus

Each week, we like to provide you with a tool for your spiritual journey.

Our Spiritual Tool this week is very simply: the Name of Jesus.

Did you know that the month of January in the Church is traditionally dedicated to the Most Holy Name of Jesus?

The name of Jesus is radical! On one hand, proclaiming the name of Jesus can call down the power of God and drive out demons. On the other hand, many people today use the name of Jesus as they curse.

This reminds us of an amazing story from one of our Pilgrim Center of Hope pilgrims. When her superior used the Lord’s name in vain during a meeting, our pilgrim confronted her boss (who was not a Christian) and told her how much this offended her. She also assured her, “I will be praying for you.”

Time passed, and our pilgrim grew closer to her Holy Land pilgrimage journey. She approached her boss and said, “I’m going to the Holy Land soon, and I would like to leave a prayer intention for you at the Wailing Wall.” Her boss replied, “Not just there; pray for me everywhere you go.”

So, our pilgrim did just that: At every holy site we visited—most of which are related to the life of Jesus, she prayed.

Not long after our return from pilgrimage, her boss approached our pilgrim and said, “Thank you for praying for me. You helped me to discover God.” She joined the Church!

The name Jesus means, in Hebrew: “God saves.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us: “At the annunciation, the angel Gabriel gave him the name Jesus as his proper name, which expresses both his identity and his mission. Since God alone can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus his eternal Son made man, ‘will save his people from their sins’.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 430)

This month, try a simple prayer:
Speak the name, “Jesus,” slowly, and with reverence.

Come to Me

This week’s recommended spiritual tool is the book “Come to Me,” by Mary Jane Fox & Nan Balfour

This book is a spiritual prayer companion for you, and offers just some of the many ways our Mother Church guides us on our earthly journey. It is designed to draw you closer to Christ and help you live out your vocation to womanhood in the days of your weeks, over the obstacles in your way, and through the desires of your heart.  It is written to teach, encourage, and inspire women in our unique and unrepeatable dignity, and to emphasize the importance of women in the Church, in our families, in the world, and—most significantly—to our God!

To purchase a copy of Come to Me, stop by the Pilgrim Center of Hope (7680 Joe Newton St, San Antonio, TX 78251) Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-5:30 pm. Call us at (210) 521-3377.

Copies can also be ordered through Amazon.com and bought at the Catholic Women’s Conference. If you decide to purchase this week’s Spiritual Tool through Amazon, please consider first choosing the Pilgrim Center of Hope as your preferred charity at Amazon Smile. That way, the Pilgrim Center of Hope will receive a percentage of the price at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

Go to Joseph

This week’s recommended spiritual tool is the book “Go to Joseph” by Fr. Richard W. Gilsdorf

Practical Ways to Utilize this book

  • Use passages during your morning meditation
  • Apply the lessons in the book to your own life
  • Incorporate certain phrases into your daily prayer

This book is like going on a retreat. This warm, contemplative writing tells the story of St. Joseph in a way that makes it seem fresh and thrilling and allows you to walk alongside him through the events that brought salvation.

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Catholic Live episode Q & A

What are some books on St Joseph that you would recommend to get closer to him?

1) “Go to Joseph” by Fr. Richard W. Gildsdorf

2)  “Guardian of the Redeemer” An Apostolic Exhortation by John Paul II (can be found on the Vatican website)

3)  St Joseph – Daily Wisdom on our Spiritual Father” by Fr. Donald Calloway

Do you have any experiences praying to him that he has helped you with?

In our ministry of evangelization, St. Joseph’s intercession has helped us to keep focus on our mission.  St. Joseph is one of our patron Saints – we have asked him to pray for our pilgrimages.  And his intercession has helped obtain the graces needed to be obedient to the will of the Father.  He has been a true role model for us!

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Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels

This week’s recommended spiritual tool is the book “Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels” by Colleen C. Mitchell

Part memoir, part guidebook for women who are searching for answers and seeking to find their identity in Christ. The book which introduces you to women of the Gospel – whose lives were changed by Jesus, is an invitation to personal transformation.

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The Real Presence

Our recommended Spiritual Tool this week is The Real Presence (by St. Peter Julian Eymard) is a collection of sermons dealing with the Eucharist which leads to a better knowledge and deeper love of Christ in the Eucharist.

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Why We’re Catholic

This week’s recommended spiritual tool is the book “Why We’re Catholic” by Trent Horn

An eye-opening book to give non-Catholic or ex-Catholic friends and family to explain exactly why we believe what we believe?

Why We’re Catholic is a great resource which provides a general book you can hand to anyone as a starting point for helping them find their way into, or back to, the practice of the Catholic Faith.

In a series of short, easy to read chapters, Trent covers the whole range of common topics, starting with why we believe in anything at all and answering all the common objections to the Catholic Faith—both doctrinal and moral.

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Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues For the Modern Mom, by Marge Renelon

In an age of much mothering advice but few admirable role models, award-winning Catholic journalist Marge Fenelon delves into ten instances – and corresponding virtues – of Mary’s life that reveal her as the ultimate example and companion for the modern mom.

Here, Mary’s life is offered as a template for living as a faithful Catholic woman and mother today. The Mother of God is presented as the ideal guide for the vocation of Catholic motherhood. By explaining Blessed Mother’s virtues, the author introduces readers to a woman who faced challenges familiar to every mother – impatience, frustration, sacrifice, and grief. Fenlon demonstrates how, in the face of these ordinary obstacles, Mary’s response was an extraordinary example through the virtues of patience, joy, trust, and faith.

The virtues outlined in the book can equally apply to all people, men and women alike, looking to become holy by imitating Mary.

This book is available from Ave Maria Press.