Media Recommendations - Sept. 2019

If you are anything like me, a good book, song, or podcast can be the difference between having some time with Jesus on a busy week and just not making it to prayer at all. Here are a few things that have moved me closer to Jesus and nourished my soul this month.

When I lost my Heart to You (Hillsong): The Youtube acoustic version of “When I Lost My Heart to You” is really special because musicians from Hillsong travelled to the Sea of Galilee to record this together, live while sitting around a fire pit. I find it really moves me to a place of peace and gives me a desire to pray. Definitely worth a listen!

The Franciscan Friars of Renewal via Ascension Presents: I love these young, vibrant, faithful brothers from New York. I always feel encouraged by their outlook, stories of great faith, and down to earth explanations of their experiences of God. I’ve linked the video where Brother Malachy shares his experience of trying to figure out God’s will. (Make sure you get to the part where he talks about boy scouts - super funny)

Sleep, Spirituality and Self Care from The Catholic Feminist: This podcast is hosted by a former Focus Missionary Claire Swinarski and is a podcast I listen to with regularity. Claire is always finding smart, admirable, faithful women to interview on a variety of topics. I thought the students might have a special interest in listening to Claire’s interview with Carleara Weiss (PhD) as it is scientific, practical, and faith building.

The Serenity Prayer: This prayer helps me slow down, accept things as they are and remember that God is in charge (not me).

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to his will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with him forever in the next.

I hope these resources have helped you as they have helped me. De Colores!