Permanent Formation

Drawing from the Wellspring. An introduction to prayer in daily life

Tadeusz Kotlewski SJ

 

Dra­wing from the Wel­l­spring is a pro­po­sal and enco­ura­ge­ment to enli­ven your faith and pray­er. This book is not meant to be a hand­bo­ok on how to pray but rather a small guide on the path of deve­lo­ping your per­so­nal pray­er. We know that it is not the amo­unt of the mate­rial stu­died that enco­ura­ges and fosters pray­er but rather an indi­vi­du­al deci­sion to enter on its path. We tend to per­ce­ive pray­er as being very dif­fi­cult, espe­cial­ly the pro­lon­ged one. Yet, it may beco­me a sim­ple way to God and to other man, if only it is prac­ti­ced with hum­ble­ness, coura­ge, sim­pli­ci­ty and natu­ral­ness.

An Intro­duc­tion to daily pray­er is meant to assist in our jour­ney to deri­ve from the Wel­l­spring, to feel the spi­ri­tu­al taste and joy ari­sing out of the meeting with God.

 

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Together or Apart. A challenge of the Christian community

Tadeusz Kotlewski SJ

Chri­stian com­mu­ni­ties live by one, and only, radi­cal pas­sion – to fol­low Jesus Christ. It is He who calls and invi­tes into a com­mu­ni­ty, it is He who sends the Mes­sa­ge. It is God, not man, who cre­ates the Chri­stian com­mu­ni­ty. Deve­lo­ping a bond with Him cau­ses human bonds to grow stron­ger, more genu­ine and respon­si­ble. It is undo­ub­te­dly a spi­ri­tu­al path which can­not be wal­ked alo­ne. The­re­fo­re we need to walk toge­ther in order to car­ry out God’s Mer­cy by the power of the Holy Spi­rit.

 

 

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Loving Yourself in the Depths of Your Heart

Tadeusz Kotlewski SJ

 

In order to tru­ly love our­se­lves, we must enter our most inti­ma­te hearts, we need to find our­se­lves within us so that we may disco­ver the Sour­ce of Love the­re. This Foun­ta­in is so often hid­den by the tro­ubled and pain­ful events that take pla­ce in our lives. We can disco­ver real Love, God Him­self, only by ente­ring our hearts. We will be able to love our­se­lves with this gre­at Love and disco­ver our digni­ty, and we will be able to love others—to care and feel respon­si­ble for them. This Love lets us give due reve­ren­ce to God, whom we serve and whom we yearn to love with all our hearts. This is the path of the heart!

 

 

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The Merciful in Everyday Life. Reflections with Saint Faustina

Sr. M. Alicja Zelmańska ZMBM

 

What can we do so that the Divi­ne Mer­cy is mani­fe­sted in our enti­re being, per­me­ating our tho­ughts, words and acti­vi­ties? How to be mer­ci­ful not only from time to time, during signi­fi­cant life events or acts of cha­ri­ty, but “always and eve­ry­whe­re” in our daily life. This book attempts at fin­ding answers to the­se questions with an aim to enli­ven, deepen and streng­then the spi­rit of mer­cy towards all tho­se whom we meet each day on our paths of life.

Saint Fau­sti­na under­sto­od well that human mer­cy par­ta­kes of the Divi­ne Mer­cy, the­re­fo­re it demands con­stant com­mu­nion and pro­fo­und uni­ty with Jesus – the Sour­ce of Mer­cy not only during pray­er but in all events of daily life. Her life reve­als how impor­tant it is for the sha­ping of the atti­tu­de of mer­cy to disco­ver in our heart the pre­sen­ce of God – the Sour­ce of Mer­cy and to com­mu­ne with Him thro­ugh love. By uni­ting with Jesus, by con­stan­tly ado­ring and con­tem­pla­ting Him in the inner­most dep­ths of her heart, Saint Fau­sti­na lon­ged to be His living ima­ge and wished to be trans­for­med enti­re­ly into His mer­cy. Her pray­er Help me, O Lord is an expres­sion of this strong desi­re bur­ning in her.

 

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14  ways to do works of mercy

Sr. M. Diana Kuczek ZMBM

 

”For we are God’s han­di­work, cre­ated in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God pre­pa­red in advan­ce for us to do.” (Eph 2: 10). This awa­re­ness fills me with joy. I am a per­son cre­ated by God. Saint Paul wri­tes:” I am His cre­ation”. Good and mer­ci­ful God appo­in­ted me, so that I have my sha­re in the love of the Holy Tri­ni­ty and love myself and my bro­thers with the love which He Him­self poured into my heart. How good is Almi­gh­ty God! How much He has tru­sted me! Jesus desi­res that my faith and love be expres­sed in deeds. Befo­re the ages began, I had been pre­pa­red and sum­mo­ned to ful­fil this mis­sion, so that the will of the Father who desi­res my hap­pi­ness and salva­tion be ful­fil­led in this way. 

Never­the­less, it is with gre­at appre­hen­sion that I look at the con­tem­po­ra­ry world full of rela­ti­vism, con­sump­tio­nism and con­for­mism. I often think that the world of valu­es belongs to the past, whe­re­as sub­jec­ti­vism and indi­vi­du­alism keep direc­ting me towards my needs only. The histo­ry of sin and evil con­ti­nu­es cease­les­sly, win­ning over new fol­lo­wers. The power of evil seems appal­ling and over­whel­ming. Still, I do not lose hope in God’s mer­cy. Jesus rede­emed me in the work of salva­tion, accom­pli­shed in the pas­sion and death on the cross, but He rose aga­in the third day. 

The vic­to­ry in on the side of good, on the side of the Almi­gh­ty God. I am looking for the methods to sha­re the mer­cy I have expe­rien­ced in my life… I can enu­me­ra­te at least 14 of such works com­pri­sing: 7 cor­po­ral and 7 spi­ri­tu­al works of mer­cy. With Saint Fau­sti­na I embark upon a jour­ney to meet God in my bro­thers and sisters with an aim to beco­me ful­ly human.