Perhaps your eyesight is not accustomed to recognizing miracles—mighty deeds—in your everyday life. Perhaps the notion of Jesus restoring your sight, healing you from paralysis or uncleanness, calming the storms of your life, or bringing you back from the dead is foreign to you. If so, you may wonder whether some sort of “vision therapy” is possible, some strategy for developing the ability to recognize God’s constant activity in your life. The answer is a resounding yes!
One very good way to begin vision therapy is to focus your “eyesight” on the following four areas of life and to ask yourself how God has revealed his presence to you in each of them.
Just as God spoke to his people through Moses and the prophets, God often speaks to us through other people. Who are the people in your life who have shaped and influenced you? Who are the people to whom you owe much?
Moments of joy (big or small).
Throughout Scripture, people who recognize encounters with God respond to them in terms of great joy. By reversing that process, we can come to recognize encounters with God, too. In other words, by reflecting on moments of joy, whether big or small, we can recognize God’s movement in our lives as the cause of those joy-filled moments.
Peak moments of grace.
In addition to all the little ways that God has manifested his presence to us, each of us can think of a handful of extraordinary moments in our lives when we felt we had come face-to-face with the infinite—moments when God’s presence was almost palpable. Perhaps it was a brush with death, a moment of incredible luck or fortune, a dramatic recovery from an unfortunate situation, or an extraordinary experience of beauty. Moments like these make us aware of a power greater than our own.
Milestones in life.
Each of us can name moments in our lives when we reached a major milestone—a graduation, a new job, a promotion, a birthday or anniversary, or a wedding day, for example. These events cause us to pause and express gratitude, and when we express gratitude, we are touching the Holy, the Giver of all good gifts.
Once you have engaged in this type of reflection and reminiscence and identified the myriad ways God has been active in your life, you can go back and identify which of these events have been experiences of the Lord healing you, providing sustenance for you, revealing his great power to you, and restoring you to life. Then you will be able to proclaim to others, as did the author of “Amazing Grace,” that “I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.”
Excerpt from Under the Influence of Jesus by Joe Paprocki
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.