How can I better serve God

Start by asking yourself two questions:

1. What's gifts has God given me?

2. What does the world need?

When those match, you have your answer.

3 ways to deeper prayer

1. Give God the time of day when you're most alive. Perhaps it's right after breakfast, during a break at work, or just after you get home. You choose. Just stick with it, every day.

2. Begin by reading from the Bible, or from the life of a saint, or another spiritual reading book.  (It doesn't have to be long.) Perhaps you begin with a decade of the rosary or an Our Father or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Whatever you do, read or pray it slowly and converse with God along the way.

3. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you! God wants nothing more than for us to encounter him more deeply. All we have to do is ask! Repeat the words, "Holy Spirit, help me to pray." Then, let God take care of the rest.

Where are you?

It's easy to think that I'll "become holy" when I retire, get married, find a job, graduate college, or stop suffering.

But God wants our hearts, now.

Your present circumstance might just be exactly the way God wants to draw you closer to him.

Why this Sunday is important

On April 30th 2000, St. John Paul II made a surprise announcement. He officially declared that, throughout the whole Church, the Second Sunday of Easter be called 'Divine Mercy Sunday.'

It's no coincidence St. John Paul II's declaration came during his homily for the canonization Mass of Saint Faustina Kowalska, who, throughout her life, received messages from Jesus, commissioning her to spread devotion to his mercy throughout all the world.

This Sunday, bring to Our Lord any brokenness in your life, or the life of your family, and ask for his healing. Then, trust him - trust God with everything you have, and know how much he loves you.

These next few days

The Easter Triduum - beginning the evening of Holy Thursday and concluding the evening of Easter Sunday - is the holiest (and shortest) liturgical season on the Church's calendar.

Therefore, we can't allow ourselves to simply let these few days go by without embracing the meaning and message of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Plug in to your parish life these next few days and let it help you along the way.