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The Solution to Your Sorrow

The Solution to Your Sorrow   It’s impossible to be selfish and happy at the same time.  I know this from experience, for if I’m honest with myself, I find the days that I am most miserable are the days that I am too focused on myself: on my problems, my frustrations, my weaknesses.  I’m certain the same is true for you.  Think about the last time you felt sad or weighed down.  Maybe it was yesterday, or maybe it’s... Read More

Snow and the Spiritual Life

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holiness, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Growth, Videos

Snow and the Spiritual Life   What does snow have to do with the spiritual life?   Editor’s Comment: Many of us might not think there is a connection — between the two — other than that the fresh, sparkling snow manifests the glory and wonder and power of the Almighty. Here, I am reminded of the canticle, proclaimed with one voice by the three young men (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) who were thrown... Read More

How to Pray Honestly – Honesty with God

November 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Honesty, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

How to Pray Honestly: Honesty with God   “Let’s be honest.” “I’ll be honest with you.” “Honestly…” “Honest to goodness.”   These are all phrases we’ve either heard or spoken numerous times. As children, we were taught that telling the truth is the right thing to do. And yet how many of us got into trouble – or maybe even still do! – for lying? But what does honesty with God have to do with... Read More

End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord

End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord   As a priest, people often talk to me about their lives and their problems.  Inevitably, I ask them how their relationship with God is.  I can usually tell from their response if they have a long-distance relationship with the Lord.  The language they use reveals that a deep, personal friendship with God is somewhat of a foreign concept.  For example, they’ll say, “Well,... Read More

Climbing the Mountain

Climbing the Mountain “Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord…” Isaiah 2:3 “Moving on from there Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.  Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.” Matthew 15:29-30 Was Jesus being insensitive?  I mean, not only... Read More

Living God’s Mercy – Mercy Mission (Part III of III)

April 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Fr. Najim, Mercy, Spiritual Direction, Videos

Living God’s Mercy Mercy Mission (Part III of III) Today, we bring you part III of the “Mercy Mission” which Father Michael Najim preached just prior to Holy Week.  In part one, he spoke of understanding God’s mercy. Part two dealt with experiencing God’s mercy.  And today, Father will focus on living God’s mercy and giving it to others. Part three of this “Mercy Mission” begins... Read More

Receiving God’s Mercy – Mercy Mission (Part II of III)

Receiving God’s Mercy Mercy Mission (Part II of III) Today, we bring you part two of the “Mercy Mission” Father Michael Najim preached before Holy Week, which focuses on receiving and experiencing God’s mercy. As a bonus, a beautiful Ignatian-style guided meditation is included as part of this talk as well. In part one, Father Najim reflected on What is Mercy? For part two of this “Mercy Mission”,... Read More

What is Mercy? – Mercy Mission (Part I of III)

April 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Mercy, Prayer, Spiritual Direction, Videos

What is Mercy? Mercy Mission (Part I of III) Father Michael Najim preached this “Mercy Mission” in March prior to Holy Week over the course of three days.  And, he has graciously shared it with us in order that we might share it with you. Today, we will bring you the first part of the “Mercy Mission”.  It will be followed in the next two days with part two and part three. For part one of the “Mercy... Read More

A Holy Week Meditation

March 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holy Week, Lent, Meditations: Seasonal

A Holy Week Meditation During the Monday through Wednesday liturgies of Holy Week, we listen to the three gospel passages that afford us the opportunity to meditate on the parts of Christ’s body that were “pierced for our sins” (Isaiah 53:5): his hands, his feet, and his heart. In Monday’s Gospel, we contemplate Jesus reclining at table with Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. There was obvious jubilation at this... Read More

The Gift of Pain

January 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction, Suffering

The Gift of Pain   I’ve learned many lessons in my short life, but one thing is for sure: we all know what it’s like to experience pain. Life can be difficult at times, and pain can come to us in different ways: physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological. You’ve probably experienced pain in your life. Maybe you’re in pain right now. Maybe you’re in the pain of depression or the pain of feeling that your... Read More

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