7 Spiritual Exercises to Help You Weather Any Storm

by Matthew Kelly

My prayers go out to everyone impacted by the recent hurricanes in Houston, Florida, and the southeast coast. So many lives have been affected. Our team has been diligently praying for those devastated by these storms and for the rebuilding efforts. I have many close friends in Florida, and it is overwhelming to see homes destroyed, cars toppled over, and debris everywhere. As I watched the television footage, I was amazed that some trees were able to withstand the wind and waves, while everything else is blown away. How do they do it? With strong, deep roots.

A tree with deep roots can weather any storm.

It is only a matter of time before the next storm gets here: an illness, the death of a loved one, unemployment, financial difficulties, a troubled child, a natural disaster, marital strife, or any number of other things. The storms of life are inevitable. And when the next storm gets here, it’s too late to sink the roots. You either have the roots or you don’t.

One of the best ways to sink deep roots is to pray the Rosary. I’m a practical man. Anyone who really knows me will tell you this. I like things that work. I’ve nothing against theories, but I prefer ideas that actually work. The Rosary is something that works. It settles our hearts and mind. It puts things in perspective and allows us to see things as they really are. It reaches deep down into our souls and puts us at ease, creating a peace that is rare and beautiful.

The Rosary is one of the Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality. These pillars combine 2,000 years of spiritual wisdom into a handful of spiritual exercises. They may be ancient practices, but don’t let that fool you into believing that they are not relevant to your life in the modern world. They will help you build deep, strong roots.

The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality are:

  1. Confession
  2. Daily Prayer
  3. The Mass
  4. The Bible
  5. Fasting
  6. Spiritual Reading
  7. The Rosary

Which pillar do you need in your life right now?

There are different seasons in our lives. There are different seasons in our spiritual journeys. And we need different pillars at some times more than others.

The Rosary has been a focus for Dynamic Catholic recently. We are wrapping up our six-month 5 Million Rosaries campaign. More than 6 million Rosaries have been pledged for America, which is absolutely phenomenal. Since October is the month of the Rosary, I encourage you to try it for yourself.

Regardless of where you are in your life, you can start sinking these roots, the Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality, deep into your life and you will weather any storm. But so much more than surviving the storms of life, you will come to know the abundant life that Jesus invites us to experience.

May God bless you and those you love,

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