Come, O Holy Spirit:
enlighten my understanding
to know your commands;
strengthen my heart
against the wiles of the enemy; inflame my will...
I have heard your voice,
and I don't want to harden my heart to resisting,
by saying 'later... tomorrow.'
Nunc coepi! Now!
Lest there be no tomorrow for me!
O, Spirit of truth and wisdom,
Spirit of understanding and counsel,
Spirit of joy and peace!
I want what you want,
I want it because you want it,
I want it as you want it,
I want it when you want it.
- ST. JOSEMARIA
“Form the resolution to set the world ablaze — you can —loving with a pure heart, and making all mankind happy by bringing them really closer to God.”
ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA
The Forge, 916
Sending you best wishes for a happy New Year filled with the faith of many “you can’s” to set the world ablaze with love and truth! We look forward to arriving in your inbox throughout the New Year 2013 – the Year of Faith—bringing you many new reflections, interviews, and inspirational items to accompany you on your daily journeys.
Happy New Year!
Last month, Lisa Schmidt, cofounder of “The Practicing Catholic” blog and social media expert, shared with us some great insights into the communion of saints in our everyday lives.
This month, Lisa shares with the St. Josemaria Institute her savvy advice on blogging, social media, and resolutions:
Q: You turned 36 this summer and set out to achieve 36 new things to do. We usually think about starting new things or resolutions at the New Year, but what a great idea to start them on one’s birthday. How is it going so far?
A: This is a perfect time to revisit my big 3-6, so thank you for asking! I’m known for eagerly (naively?) jumping in feet first, only to putter out shortly into my next best project or idea. Some playful naysayers suggested my list might be a wee bit aggressive. Heck, my husband said it was like New Year’s resolutions on steroids. One reader even suggested I needed more one-time activities such as taking a hot air balloon ride or jumping out of a plane.
But here’s the thing. I didn’t set out to create a litany of so-called one and done bucket list items. I spelled out these 36 things because I wanted to grow in my vocation as a Catholic wife and mother, in my roles as daughter and friend...
Q: You bravely shared your 36 things to do on your blog “The Practicing Catholic”, which you coauthor with your husband Joel. Why and when did you decide to start the blog together?
A: It was summer of 2010 and Joel and I had just completed a yearlong “Christ Renews His Parish” retreat process. Renewed and energized, we were looking for something to keep pushing us, to keep us accountable. Additionally we both found ourselves inadvertently being apologists for the Church --- we were receiving phone calls, emails, Facebook messages, etc., from friends and family asking for assistance on various questions related to Church teaching. I’ve heard it said that mission territory is often no farther than your neighbor’s front steps. That has certainly been our experience. We were feeling called to do something in the name of the New Evangelization with a particular focus on engaging the Des Moines Catholic community. We talked through our ideas, decided to launch a blog, and settled on the name The Practicing Catholic — praise God the URL was available for purchase because I’m not sure we had a “Plan B.”
“With St. Josemaria, these words did not ring hollow. They were a recurring theme, a rhythmic, repeating melody which caused his heart to beat, a heart that was very close to the heart of Christ. To read the life of Christ is to immerse oneself in love and, with him, to passionately love the world.”
“In these contemplations, the Word of God will speak and invite us to follow Christ. This is holiness: responding, day after day, to a call addressed to everyone; a call of love that is both urgent and divine.”
-Rev. Guillaume Derville (From the Introduction)
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