A Prayer Method to Jumpstart Our Spiritual Life

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 22, 2012

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Ash Wednesday. This is an auspicious day to begin blogging. The whole Church is entering Lent, the season intended to be a new spring. We hope to revitalize our spiritual life and strengthen our relationship with God. My goal in writing this blog each week is to be a midwife for others as they try to fulfill these hopes. In the process, I expect that my own spiritual life will grow.

If anyone is still searching for a good Lenten resolution, here’s an idea. When I was fighting distractions in prayer, Tom Radloff, a good, wise Jesuit, proposed writing a letter beginning “Dear Jesus” and ending “Love, Kathleen.” Then I was to write another letter beginning “Dear Kathleen” and closing “Love, Jesus.” I was not to force ideas or think “What would Jesus say to me?” but just let the words flow from the pen. He said I would be amazed. And after only one day, I was. The distractions disappeared because I was focused on the writing. And what Jesus wrote was surprising. Something he said had bearing on what happened that afternoon.

I continued the daily letters for weeks…until I became “sick and tired” of doing them. This was mostly because at the time I was writing books all day long. My precious prayer time was becoming too much like my workday. When I asked Fr. Tom if maybe I should stop, he said, “No,” but the letters could be shorter. Even then, when I began writing “postcards” every day— “Dear, Jesus, wish you were here” (Not really!)— this prayer method was powerful. It also was a record of my spiritual journey that was a joy to read years later. I pass this idea for prayer on to you. May you too try it and find it a beautiful experience.

What new way of praying has made a difference in your life?

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Cackie Upchurch February 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Congratulations!

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Thanks, Cackie! Hope you have a blessed Lent.

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Sue Biggs February 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Congratulations on your new adventure of blogging! I am sure you will continue to share your spiritual inspiration with those reading your messages.

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I hope to, Sue. Thanks. I’ll be depending on the Holy Spirit!

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Sr. Ellen Beebe February 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Congratulations, Kathleen! May your new blog be a vehicle to spread the Word and to touch hearts!

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Kathleen Glavich. SND February 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

Thanks for your blessing, Ellen.

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Sr. Susan Wolf, SND February 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

Great start, Kathleen. I think that the prayer method you are suggesting would be very fruitful. Thanks for sharing it. I look forward to your future posts.

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

Thank YOU, Susan, for all your help in setting this up. I look forward to learning more…

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Annemarie Kall, S.N.D. February 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

Wonderful! After years of using with children your seasonal helps there is one for GROWNUPS! Thank you for extending your words to companion the WORD in this “Springtime.”

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Rose Falorio, SND February 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

Best of luck on your new blog, Kathleen. Looking forward to reading each post! God bless.

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

Thank you, Rose, for your good wishes and blessing. Hope the blog meets the standards of a good English teacher.

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Kathleen Glavich. SND February 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

Thanks, Annemarie, for always using the Advent and Lent books, a practice that Sr. Sharon is continuing. This “grown-up” help will be weekly, God willing.

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Sr. Juliemarie McDonald,SND February 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

Kathleen, Congratulations! I love this new idea for prayer. Lent should be more conversations with the Lord.

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

I’m happy to pass on that letter writing idea. And thank you for the ideas you pass on via your poetry-prayer blog.

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Sr. Antoinette Dershaw February 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

Kathleen, Congratulations. I hope and pray that this new venture helps many to learn more about Our Good God!

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

Me too! Thanks, Antoinette.

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Terrie Baldwin February 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

Prayer is such an important part of our lives and opening us up to the possibilities of what God (or Jesus) has to say. I find your prayer practice very interesting. I enjoy periods of silence where I ask for God’s wisdom to fill the empty space within me as a prayer practice. It seems the more empty I am, the more full I become. I encourage your continued blogging.

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

Looks like you have found new meaning in “Silence is golden.” Blessings on your all-important ministry, Terrie!

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Sister Maryann Humenik February 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thank you Sister Kathleen for sharing your gift of writing so that we can share in God’s gifts to all of us.

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I’m glad to have this new avenue to communicate, thanks to Sr. Susan Wolf.

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Anita Carlisle February 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I am so glad you are doing this blogging. I love Sr. Melanie’s blog and know I will love yours too. Keep up the good work.

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Anita, you motivate me to make my reflections worthwhile. Thanks for commenting.

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Susan Kohut February 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Love your blog. I’ll be sure to check it out each week.

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Great, Sue!

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Melannie Svoboda, SND February 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I love your new blog! And I loved your first suggestion for prayer. I’m going to try it–especially the postcard idea! I look forward to your future posts! The picture of the Sea of Galilee on your blog is especially appropriate since it was a place Jesus frequented. I know you probably took the picture yourself, right?

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Thanks, Melannie. And, yes, I got up at 5 a.m. to catch that sunrise when I was in the Holy Land. I waited until a bird landed on the tree, but he’s invisible in this small version. I plan to do a blog about this photo soon. A blessed Lent!

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Kathleen Ryan,SND February 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

You launched your blog. Congratulations, Kathleen. Once again, you inspire us to do an everyday activity which can connect us ever more closely to our loving God of life.

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Kathleen Glavich, SND February 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Thank you, Kathleen. I’m looking forward to viewing yours any day now!

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Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND March 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Kathleen, I just wanted you to know that I began to write those letters to Jesus, and he to me. I am not tired yet. It is a great help on this spiritual journey of ours. Thanks again for the tip. Juliemarie

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Kathleen Glavich, SND March 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

I was glad to pass on this idea for prayer, Juliemarie. Thanks for letting me know it impacted your life too.

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