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Recommended Resources

This page contains recommended resources for ongoing spiritual formation.

Some resources will be ongoing, others will be added seasonally based on when they are offered. so check back monthly for new additions.

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Introduction to the Devout Life

Ascension Press is hosting a new podcast called "Catholic Classics". They will be reading a spiritual classic each day and offering commentary to help make these valuable pieces of literature more tangible and accessible. The first book they are doing is St. Francis de Sales "Introduction to the Devout Life". This podcast will run 10/24/2022 to 12/6/2022. Click the picture above to access the podcast and free reading plan.
Photo credit: Ascension Press

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Peace Has a Name
by Blessed is She
for Advent 2022

Blessed is She is offering a new 2022 Advent devotional. They offer both a women's version and a corresponding children's version. Blessed is She Advent devotionals are personal and reflective. I highly recommend! Click the picture for purchase link. 
Photo credit: Blessed is She

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Healing Hope an Advent Retreat

I am offering a 24 hour Advent Retreat during November or December. Date to be determined based on retreatants schedules. An online format with short zoom sessions with long periods for silent reflection and an offline format for you to do in your own time will be available. Please email me at merittpetrone@gmail.com to be added to the interest list.

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The Discerning Life: An Invitation to Notice God in Everything by Steve Macchia

Steve Macchia offers one of the best books I have ever read on discernment and how to live a life dependent on the Holy Spirit. "The Discerning Life" does just what it says and focuses on taking time to hear and discern the movements of God in every day life circumstances. If you want to go beyond discernment as it applies to decision making and instead move into practicing a preference for God in all things I recommend getting a copy! Click the picture for link to purchase. 
Picture Credit: Product image from www.SteveMacchia.com

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Bible in a Year Podcast by Ascension Press

Catholics and Protestants alike have been experiencing life change through studying God's word with Father Mike Schmitz for two years now! First produced in 2021, the Bible in a Year Podcast journeys through the entire Bible in one year with 20-35 minute daily readings, reflections, and prayer. Click on the image above from Ascension Press to access the podcast and free reading plan. 

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Silencio Edited by Steve Macchia 

"Silencio" is what I like to call a compilation of mini-retreats for the soul! Written by 22 different authors on topics such as Sabbath, Rest, Advent, Lent, Silence, Journaling, Community, and so much more. Each of the 52 prayerfully written reflections comes with corresponding questions to invite you into the gifts that these seasons and spiritual disciplines have to offer you.

This is a great book to have on hand, curl up with a cup of coffee and a journal and enter into sacred space with the Lord. Click the picture for a purchasing link, photo credit: product image from christianbook.com