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Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection wrote a timeless book based upon his spiritual habits of contemplative prayer: "The Practice of the Presence of God." Ultimately, he tells us that contemplative prayer takes practice and it's a question of continually recalling that we are in fact surrounded by the presence of Love Eternal. "As often as I could," says Brother Lawrence, "I placed myself as a worshipper before him, fixing my mind upon his holy presence, recalling it when I found it wandering from him. This proved to be an exercise frequently painful, yet I persisted through all difficulties." The imagination it turns out is a kind of spiritual muscle that, when exercised, creates in us a capacity to commune with the divine in our daily activities (Brother Lawrence was in charge of pots and pans in his monastery).
Without the imagination, faith can easily become a mundane list of facts and rote prayers. As "new evangelists" in the modern world, our job is to renew the imaginations of old and young alike. May this renewal begin first in our own souls; may the ease of modern technology be for us a tool and not an addiction; may we struggle and persist through all difficulties to keep alive the presence of God and a living faith in all that we do; and may we teach others to do the same.
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy
18 - Self-love Can Still Be Other-centered 19 - It Will Never Be Perfect, Don't Stress
20 - The "Student" is the Whole Family 21 - Catechesis is a MEANS of Evangelization 22 - The 5 Means of Evangelization 23 - The Christian Life is Service 24 - Doctrine is for Prayer. 25 - From Evangelization to Immanuelization 26 - Humility, Love, and 'Eucharistic' Anticipation 27 - People Change People 28 - Salvation History is Our Story 29 - Mutual Forgiveness 30 - Fraternal Correction 31 - Build-Up Families 32 - Affirmative Orthodoxy 33 - Emphasize the Mission 34 - Talk about Tithing 35 - Recognize Bondage 36 - Encourage Ignatian Discernment 37 - Be Patient. It's a Process. 38 - The Thresholds of Conversion 39 - What... or, better yet, Who is the Parish? 40 - There's no place like a Home 41 - The Etymology of Respect 42 - Connect People 43 - To Receive is to Give 44 - Be Intentional. 45 - Three Birds, One Stone 46 - The Ecclesial Method 47 - The Liturgy of the Hours 48 - The Papal Take on the Preferential Option 49 - The Real Meaning of Apology 50 - Follow the Leaders