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Our readers asked:

What are some tips to help strengthen my spirituality during my volunteer service year that you’d recommend?

Richard G. Malloy, SJ Answers:

Read Bustedhalo.com daily! =)

And read some of the classic reflections on faith and service like Thomas Merton’s letter to a young activist or the “Oscar Romero” prayer (which actually was penned by Bishop Ken Utener.

Read about the great ones: Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Read good contemporary spiritual writers: John Dear, S.J., Annie Lamott, Anthony DeMello, S.J., Richard Rohr, Megan McKenna. There are many more.

Read and re-read the gospels and try and attend Mass often. Usually, busyness can make it seem we have no time for prayer and reflection, but there are always 10 minute spaces where one can pull out the rosary beads.
One practice many young people doing a year of service find helpful is spiritual direction. Ask a local priest (Jesuits especially) about it. Sisters, Campus Ministers and other qualified lay people would be good sources too. She or he most likely will know women and men who are spiritual directors in your area. Spiritual Directors International also has a good listing of people. A good director is like a coach who guides you and helps you notice and name God’s presence and action in your life.

Lastly, read good novels and see good movies. Go to a local high school play. When you are in new places with new work serving the poor, you need your spirit nourished by good art and fun evenings. No one needs a miserable servant. The happier you are, the more God’s grace can shine through you for those you serve.

 
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The Author : Richard G. Malloy, SJ
Richard G. Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., is Vice President for University Ministries, the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, and author of A Faith That Frees (Orbis Books).
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  • Mike Hayes

    Fr. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest in good standing with his bishop, The Rev. Michael Sheehan, the Archbishop of Santa Fe. His work is hardly considered “new age” by anyone who has bothered to read it. His work especially in the area of male spirituality is quite vast and exceptional.

  • Roisin H

    Are you referring to Fr Richard Rohr the new ager? Surely there are more noble contemporary reads than those moving away from the faith and creating their own version of Catholicism.?

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