Hi, my name is Father Mike Schmitz
and this is Ascension Presents. So a lot of people ask often,
How do I get a spiritual director? Or even the question,
Do I need a spiritual director? Because if you start reading any spiritual books,
reading the lives of saints, one of the things you usually come across is that
these people, these men and women, they had some kind of spiritual director. And so people start panicking and think,
“Do I need one? I think I need a spiritual director.” Now, it can always be helpful
or often be helpful to have a spiritual guide, some kind of mentor,
some kind of person who is there to walk with you. I mean, that’s the model of Christianity is that Jesus—the rabbi, right, the master—invites the
disciples into discipleship. There’s a certain element of that
when it comes to spiritual directors, that we don’t go it alone,
we don’t have to do it on our own. The reality, of course, is that there might be a little bit of a dearth of spiritual directors who are competent and trained. Now, there are some places
that are training spiritual directors and pumping out—pumping out, is that the
right word? I’m not sure, but they’re forming some people
who are gonna do this in fantastic ways but you still might not know them. You still might not be able to track down a spiritual director for yourself. Does that mean that you’re destined to stay in like the minor leagues when it comes to holiness? Absolutely not. Well, number one: God.
God loves you. God wants you to be holy
and he’s given you the Holy Spirit. He’s placed you in the Church that he promised
the Holy Spirit will guide into all truth. So if you stay close to the Church,
if you stay close to Jesus, if you live in the presence of the Holy Spirit,
God will make you holy. Because that’s the thing, God makes you holy. So one, you have the Holy Spirit,
stay close to the Church and you’ll be good. But still we also have the Church; we have 2000 years of people who were super duper holy and they’ve written books, they’ve given talks.
They’ve actually recorded some of their thoughts on how to get holier. So here’s the deal: If you don’t know
if you can find a spiritual director, no, all is not lost. Here’s what you can do: One, you need to learn how to pray but there’s actually recordings, there’s books,
there’s great resources with how to pray. Ascension Press actually has this great thing
on how to pray— this is not a commercial for them— but it’s actually one of the great things. Father Mark Toups, a priest down in Louisiana, he did this program for Ascension Press called Oremus. It means “let us pray” in Latin. Oremus. If you don’t like to read and stuff and I know you don’t because you’re watching this video, but just watch through this Oremus
and you’ll be taught how to pray in the great and deep tradition
of the Catholic Church. So Oremus, number one. Number two, (bing!)
here is Father Jacques Phillipe called Time for God. Super good, really great book and also thin, because I know you don’t like readings because you’re watching a video. Alright, how to pray: Oremus,
Time for God. Another thing. Some people say,
How do I get deeper into the spiritual life? How do I understand what
God is doing in my spiritual life? Well there’s a priest,
his name is Father Thomas Dubay. And Father Thomas Dubay was just this awesome incredible priest. He died just a couple years ago but he wrote a book called
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer. And it’s basically, How do I understand what God is doing in my life, as I’m praying? He also wrote a book called The Fire Within.
This is the condensed version. And I know you’re gonna like the condensed version,
because you’re watching a video. You don’t like to read. The next book is How do I discern though?
How do I know what God wants to me to do in my life? How do I know if he’s speaking to me?
How do I listen to him? How do I know if it’s just me speaking of myself or maybe even the evil one speaking to me? Well, Father Timothy Gallagher
is another fantastic priest, wrote a book called
The Discernment of Spirits It’s an Ignatian way to pray,
an Ignatian guide for everyday living. Discernment of Spirits, if you want to know how do I
discern God’s voice? How do I discern God’s call? There’s almost no better book, more practical book
than Discernment of Spirits. Great, so what do we have?
We have Oremus by Ascension Press We have Father Jacques Philippe
with Time for God. We have Father Thomas Dubay
with Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer. We have Father Timothy Gallagher
with Discernment of Spirits. Let’s go classic.
Let’s go a little bit more old-school. What’s one more traditional book if you’re like,
“Listen, those guys aren’t declared saints yet. Who knows if they’re ever gonna be.
I’m sticking with the saints.” I’ll say this.
Alright, there’s a guy named St. Francis de Sales, That is right, SAINT Francis DeSales and he wrote this book Introduction to the Devout Life. What you want to do if you’re like, “I stick with the classics,” this is a classic that is, what they call, eminently readable, right?
Super readable is how I say it, in my normal way. These five resources would be absolutely fantastic. If you can’t find a spiritual director,
don’t even worry about it. Trust the Holy Spirit
that God will continue to guide you and stay close to these resources,
these are great resources that the Church has given us through the lives of these holy people. Lastly, of course,
what did God give us? God gave us his book.
He gave us his Word, right? He gave us the Word and the sacraments. You want to know how you
can get closer to the Lord? Stay close to his Word. Stay close to his sacraments. Live as a disciple of Jesus in the Church. Trust in the Holy Spirit. You become a great saint. From all of us here at Ascension Presents,
my name is Father Mike. God bless.