The Interior Journey
Welcome to our mini-series on the Interior Journey! We're so grateful and encouraged that you're here, pursuing these themes; that means so much to us. The fact that you are here, exploring these matters means that already you are among the "blessed...who hunger and thirst for righteousness" (Mt 5:6). Jesus clearly promised that those who seek will find , so you can trust and be confident that by His grace "you will be satisfied" (Mt 5:6).
We believe the content below can be helpful to you in your search for more of God because they are at the very heart of our life in the Lord. All the other resources that we've developed on our website, such as the Inspirations, the Dreams section and the videos included in our other Media pages are in some way related to this interior journey.
We all intuitively know that our conversion to Jesus is a life-changing experience. It sets us on an entirely new life path to an eternal destination that will far exceed anything we could ever ask or imagine. It also launches us into a journey, a spiritual adventure filled with purpose and meaning. Ultimately, this interior journey is the only means through which we can fulfill our heart's deepest longing for happiness and completion.
Thankfully courageous men and women of faith have gone before us and shared their experience with us. The videos below contain the wisdom and insight they gained in advancing on that journey. Although they can be viewed randomly, they have deliberately been placed in the following order which is why we recommend that they be viewed in this sequence.
From "before the foundations of the world" (Eph 1:4), God has had a plan of "sheer goodness" (CCC 1) for all of creation. That plan means that each and every one of us have a unique purpose and destiny to fulfill. Understanding the original nature of that plan, what went wrong with it, and how God set things right again through Jesus, is a great help in understanding the nature, challenges and difficulties we encounter as well as the many blessings inherent in actively pursuing the interior journey. Thus we begin this series with a look at God's plan.
The Journey Begins (Entering the First Mansions):
Once we have come to terms with who Jesus is, we are now ready to embark upon the road that will ultimately bring us back home to heaven. Over the 2,000 years of Christianity, God has revealed to certain generous souls an especially profound understanding of the journey that everyone needs to undertake if they wish to attain their goal of living eternally with God. Through these guides, most of whom are Doctors of the Church, He has given us "maps" with "sign posts" that help us recognize how far forward we have traveled on that road towards our goal. These maps identify many of the characteristics of each stage that we've attained as well as some of the obstacles that need to be overcome if we wish to keep travelling forward. Recognizing when we have arrived at particular stages of maturity is not only tremendously encouraging but also helps us know how to best cooperate with God's grace and with the Holy Spirit as He moves us further into deeper realms of life in God.
Linda and I have received a tremendous amount of help and encouragement through all the teaching that we have been exposed to along the way and these videos are our attempt at relaying that information - albeit in a concise and simplified manner - in such a way that it may be of help in your own journey towards eternal life with God in heaven.
Recommended Spiritual Reading:
As we grow in our relationship with the Lord, reading good books is a must. St Teresa of Avila recounts that at one point in her own journey towards the transforming union, she needed to read from a good book in order to enter into personal prayer. The nourishment we receive from spiritual reading actually helps to increase our faith at every stage of our growth in God but most especially at the beginning, when we are novices in the spiritual life. This food forms and informs our intellects where, as the saints have taught us, the theological virtue of faith is infused and firmly rooted. So if we wish to increase our faith, we need to establish firm intellectual foundations regarding the dogmas and morals of our faith. Reading good books contributes to that considerably. As we feed on this wisdom we will find ourselves growing and maturing and will enjoy the experience of being much more rooted and grounded in the Lord.
In the videos below, you will find some of the books that Marcel and I have found very helpful to our own spiritual growth, books that have often opened another door or another vista into that next step needed to enter into "the more" of God. Many of these books we have two copies of, one for each of us! We are so very grateful for all the men and women of God who have left us the rich legacy of their own spiritual journey into the depths of God.