I wish I had my mother’s eyes.
No, I’m not talking about the color or shape of her eyes, as beautiful as they are. Nor am I talking about her eyesight (mine is actually better). I’m talking about her ability to see God’s hand in every aspect of life. I guess that's another way of saying that I wish I had her perspective.
My mother is coming up on her 85th birthday but still has the wonder and awe of a child. She has this amazing gift of being able to appreciate God's presence in the smallest details of life. Recently, we were making small talk when she said, “Just the other day, I was reading a book and this tiny dot was moving across the page. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me but then I realized it was the teeniest, tiniest little insect I ever saw. I was thinking about how they say that all of God’s creatures have a purpose and I was watching this little fellow crossing the page of my book, wondering what purpose it served in God’s creation and realizing that God alone knows!”
Me? I probably would’ve swatted the little thing!
Which is precisely why I wish I had my mother’s eyes. Somewhere along the way, she learned to recognize God’s presence in everyday living and in the smallest details of life. Unlike the color of a person’s eyes, this trait is not inherited but is learned. Each one of us can learn to see with the eyes of faith—eyes that reveal the presence of God all around us and in our everyday lives and experiences. Like corrective lenses, the Gospel of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit can help us to see more clearly so that we can love the Lord more dearly and follow him more nearly.
OK…I’m not making this up. As I wrote that last paragraph, a tiny fruit fly flew across my field of vision.
Thankfully, I did NOT swat it. Perhaps there is hope for me yet!
Books by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.
The Catechist’s Backpack
Spiritual Essentials for the Journey
Written by two nationally known, expert lay catechists, The Catechist’s Backpack gives catechists the resources that speak to the spiritual dimension of their call to share the Catholic faith.
Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox
Catechesis That Not Only Informs but Also Transforms
Joe Paprocki, best-selling author of The Catechist’s Toolbox series, has written the first, step-by-step book that demonstrates how to teach a 75-minute catechetical session with practical techniques that expand upon the textbook to create a more prayerful climate in the classroom.
7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness
Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul
In 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness, best-selling author Joe Paprocki provides a prescription for spiritual health based on the rich wisdom of Catholic Tradition.
Living the Mass
How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life
In Living the Mass, Joe Paprocki, DMin, and Fr. Dominic Grassi convincingly show how the one hour spent at Mass on Sunday can truly transform the other 167 hours of the week.
Practice Makes Catholic
Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith
Why do Catholics do what they do? Practice Makes Catholic from Loyola Press gets to the heart of the question-and to the heart of what it really means to be Catholic.
Una fe bien construida
Guia catolica para conocer y compartir lo que creemos
Guía de líder disponible. Una fe bien construida,—desarrollado con enorme creatividad usando metafóricamente el tema de la construcción— facilita enormemente a los católicos el conocimiento de su fe y les da seguridad al momento de compartirla.
A Well-Built Faith
A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe
Free Leader Guide Available for Download. In A Well-Built Faith, Joe Paprocki makes it easy for Catholics to feel confident in teaching the Catholic faith. He makes complex teachings of the Catholic faith accessible to average Catholics without compromising Catholic teaching and tradition.
Called by Name
Preparing Yourself for the Vocation of Catechetical Leader
This book focuses on what catechetical leaders need to be, as opposed to what they need to know or do, if they are to lead effectively.
A Church on the Move
52 Ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion
52 specific, practical, and achievable strategies to help Catholic parishes embody the broad themes of Pope Francis’ papacy—mission, mercy, and evangelization.
Vivir la misa
Cómo una hora a la semana puede cambiar tu vida
Explica detallademente cómo cada parte de la misa se relaciona con la llamada que recibimos en el bautismo, poniendo en estrecha relación la misa dominical y el resto de nuestra semana.
Más allá de la caja de herramientas del catequista
Catequesis que no solo informa, sino que también transforma
Más allá de la caja de herramientas del catequista le permite a los jóvenes encontrar a Jesús en la oración de manera que puedan convertirse en discípulos de Cristo para toda la vida.
Under the Influence of Jesus
The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ
In Under the Influence of Jesus, Joe Paprocki explains that by opening ourselves to encountering Christ, we can learn how to live the Gospel and be models of faith.
La mochila del catequista
Lo indispensable para el camino espiritual
La mochila del catequist brinda a los catequistas recursos que atienden a la dimensión espiritual de su llamado a compartir la fe católica.