Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. To be his disciple is to follow his way to the truth according to eternal life. It is not just a matter of knowing basic prayers. Discipleship means making the faith part of who we are.
What follows includes links to reflections Fr. Jeff offers following his reading of various books on spirituality. If you are interested in these topics, we encourage you to read the books in their entirety.
St. Francis De Sales was a bishop who very much wanted to help others live a devout life. With this in mind, he wrote the Introduction to the Devout Life. Here are links to a series of articles that Fr. Jeff wrote following his reading of the Introduction to the Devout Life (Written 400 years ago, it is available in various translations. Fr. Jeff read the 2015 version published by Ignatius Press (San Francisco) and the Augustine Institute (Greenwood Village, CO).
In his Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis De Sales guides us battling temptation. We must understand that the devil is a real threat. In The Screwtape Letters" C.S. Lewis portrays a conversation between the devil's workers who themselves say the devil is most powerful when we think he doesn't exist because we let our guard down. Fr. Jeff writes three articles on battling evil based on his reading of Immortal Combat: Confronting the Heart of Darkness by Fr. Dwight Longenecker (Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press. 2020).
Fr. Jeff recently wrote an article, "Angels: Good and Bad" following his reading of Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield's book, Angels: Our Guardians in Spiritual Battle (Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor. 2022). The book is on angels in general. We include it here for what he offers about the devil as a fallen angel.
St. Benedict is known for his Rule of St. Benedict for monasteries. His rule is relevant for all of us. Below are the links to a series of articles Fr. Jeff wrote following his reading of Judith Valente’s book, How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing. 2018).
Some people think the Bible is outdated and hence not relevant. Some Catholics practice Reiki and/or new age spirituality that contradict Catholic spirituality. Here are the links to three articles Fr. Jeff wrote on these practices.
Is there a spirituality meant for men? Fr. Jeff wrote the following articles after reading Sam Guzman’s book, The Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today (San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2019).
Of course, don't forget to check out the topic of prayer from the menu bar at the top of this page.
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life"
Renewal of Faith
"A clean heart create for him, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit." Psalm 51:12