Spiritual Tools

In the Fullness of Time: Christ-Centered Wisdom for the Third Millennium, by Fulton Sheen

Our recommended Spiritual Tool this week is In the Fullness of Time: Christ-Centered Wisdom for the Third Millennium, a compendium of works by Fulton J. Sheen.

From Liguori Publications:

This compendium, published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s death, is more than anything, a celebration of life: our life in Christ and our destiny in faith. If you’re looking for a renewed understanding and appreciation of the Christian life and the promise of faith for the new millennium, this work offers strong and practical encouragement for growing closer to God through a deepened spirituality.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), one of the 20th century’s best-known and loved Catholic prelates, was a lecturer, professor, philosopher, preacher, and writer. A radio and television personality, he is widely regarded as the original media luminary for the spiritual world. This former director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith leaves behind an enormous written and oral history. In addition to two weekly syndicated newspaper columns that ran for close to two decades, he authored scores of book.

You can order this book online or request it from your local Catholic bookstore. 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.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

This week’s recommended Spiritual Tool is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. There are several practical ways you can incorporate the Chaplet of Divine Mercy into your prayer life:

  • Pray after receiving Holy Communion (it is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist)
  • Recite during the nine days before the Feast of Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter)
  • Pray at three o’clock each afternoon (the “Hour of Great Mercy,” recalling the time of Christ’s death on the cross)
  • Offer the chaplet for the incarcerated, homeless, conversion of souls and the salvation of souls.

For more information about the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, please visit the official website at theDivineMercy.org

 

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.

Purchase this book online, and use http://www.amazonsmile.com

 

                                                                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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Son of Man to Man

Son of Man to Man spiritual book for menThis week’s recommended spiritual tool is the book “Son of Man to Man” by Deacon Tom Fox.

As men we are often focused on practical things like paying bills and planning for the future. However, we are not just material beings. God has created us primarily as spiritual beings with an eternal existence. When we plan for the future, our first concern should be about our relationship with God and the happiness he promises us if we remain faithful to Him. He has revealed what we must do if we are to remain faithful. If we want to be faithful we must have a plan; and this plan will keep us on the right path.

Practical Ways to Utilize Son of Man to Man

  • Keep it in your glove compartment, get in your car a few minutes early and take a moment to read one page before you start your day.
  • Take it with you to Mass and read a section before Mass begins and open your heart to the message God has for you.
  • Use it to begin saying the Rosary daily or start with once a week.
  • Going to Adoration? Take this inspirational book with you for reflection. Consider reading the same passage two times and deeply meditate on what it means for your life.
  • Read this book with your son, grandson, nephews, or any young man in your life who may be waiting for guidance.
  • Help others use this book by giving it as a gift to someone who could use spiritual inspiration!

Purchase this book online, and use Amazon Smile!

Pick Pilgrim Center of Hope as your charity and a portion of your purchase helps us at no extra cost to you! Also, you can purchase this book at 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. Thank you for supporting this mission of Catholic evangelization!

Popes’ Quotes on Elderly

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

Our Spiritual Tools this week are the messages of our recent popes about seniors. Did you know that Pope Francis is especially concerned for those in the later years of life?

Here is an excerpt from one of his morning homilies:

Pope Francis cited the Letter to the Hebrews. “There we read: ‘Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God: consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith’ (13:7). The remembrance of our ancestors leads us to imitate their faith. It is true that old age is at times unpleasant, because of the illnesses it brings. But the wisdom of our grandparents is the inheritance we ought to receive. A people that does not care for its grandparents, that does not respect its grandparents, has no future since it has lost its memory.

You can read a collection of messages from our Popes about seniors, the elderly, and grandparents, by visiting our Catholic Seniors’ Conference page.

Or, you can call Pilgrim Center of Hope to request a flyer with some excerpts. Call 210-521-3377.

Beautiful Hope, ed. Matthew Kelly

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.

For Your Marriage

ForYourMarriage.org / OR / PorTuMatrimonio.org by the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage

This website includes resources for anyone – single, married, divorced, widowed, or separated. Check it out especially for ideas on improving communication, overcoming difficulties, parenting, finances, date ideas, wedding advice, and daily tips on strengthening your marriage.

Also includes information on obtaining resources like programs, books, websites, organizations that can empower you, your spouse, and your family. Enjoy!

Walking with Mary, by Dr. Edward Sri

Our recommended spiritual tool for this week is the book Walking with Mary, by Dr. Edward Sri.

From the publisher:

Mary appears only a few times in the Bible, but those few passages come at crucial moments. Catholics believe that Mary is the ever-virgin Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. But she also was a human being–a woman who made a journey of faith through various trials and uncertainties and endured her share of suffering. Even with her unique graces and vocation, Mary remains a woman we can relate to and from whom we have much to learn.

In Walking with Mary, Edward Sri looks at the crucial passages in the Bible concerning Mary and offers insight about the Blessed Mother’s faith and devotion that we can apply in our daily lives. We follow her step-by-step through the New Testament account of her life, reflecting on what the Scriptures tell us about how she responded to the dramatic events unfolding around her.

“This book is the fruit of my personal journey of studying Mary through the Scriptures, from her initial calling in Nazareth to her painful experience at the cross,” writes Edward Sri “It is intended to be a highly readable, accessible work that draws on wisdom from the Catholic tradition, recent popes, and biblical scholars of a variety of perspectives and traditions. With the riches of these insights, we will ponder what her journey of faith may have been like in order to draw out spiritual lessons for our own walk with God.” He add, “It is my hope, therefore, that whether you are of a Catholic, Protestant, or other faith background, this book may help you to know, understand, and love Mary more, and that it may inspire you to walk in her footsteps as a faithful disciple of the Lord in your own pilgrimage of faith.”

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.

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.

From Slave to Priest: The Inspirational Story of Fr. Augustine Tolton

Our recommended spiritual tool for this week is the book From Slave to Priest: The Inspirational Story of Fr. Augustine Tolton, by Sr. Caroline Hemesath. The author interviewed many people who knew Father Tolton personally, including St. Katharine Drexel, and presents a deeply inspiring portrait of a great American Catholic.

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.