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Hello, my name is Paul, and I created the Divine Reading Journal.

Working in Church ministry for 10 years led me to create this journal. Over the those 10 years, I’ve put on or gone to thousands of ministry events, retreats, and conferences focused on Jesus Christ. I'd witness people encounter the Living God in a powerful way at these events, but struggle to maintain the fire later in life. In many cases I would see people leave the faith entirely. We need to go deeper than just putting on great events, or even great four year programs. We need to give people the tools to walk with Jesus for the rest of their lives.

We need to teach people how to pray.

Talented speakers are needed, community worship is necessary, but how well do we equip people to hear the voice of God, on a weekday morning? How much do we focus on helping people hear God's voice? How many sermons or talks have you heard about the importance and necessity of prayer? Prayer, being conversation with God, of course is a fundamental aspect of being in relationship with Him. We all know prayer is so important to lead a full life in Christ.

The reality is, prayer can be difficult.

God is omnipotent and perfect. He speaks a language that is all around us (God is love itself) yet it can be difficult to hear God's voice personally. His handiwork is evident in the vast created world and in the depth of the human experience, and still, intimate conversation with God can be challenging. How do you pray? Where do you get started? God does not speak with a voice as easy to hear as in conversation with another person. I have worked with so many people who want to establish or grow a relationship with God through prayer, but struggle to do so. In many ways, it’s not getting easier. The rise in the availability of screen time, countless streaming services and media outlets vying for attention lead to distraction and can unwillingly take the time we could give for much-needed prayer in our lives. 

There is a better way.

God’s voice can be heard clearly. My prayer life changed when I discovered ancient prayer method of Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina takes the ancient words of the Bible and makes them come alive. This method of prayer has changed my life; and has helped me hear God’s voice. More on Lectio Divina here

That’s why I made this journal.

This journal is a dedicated space for your conversation with God. Journaling helps build the necessary habit, and it documents your prayer to help you see where God is leading you. Being able to revisit a past week or month can help you see overarching themes and patterns, and is helpful for discernment.

If you’ve read this far, you probably think prayer is important. And if you’re anything like me, you need some help in order to make prayer a habit. Learn more about how the journal works here.

Is Lectio Divina for everyone?

I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart (cf. Dei Verbum, n. 25). If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church - I am convinced of it - a new spiritual springtime.” 

– Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini 

If Pope Benedict XVI is convinced, I am too. 

This mission of this journal is to put Pope Benedict XVI's vision for Church renewal into action. What person alive today (along with Pope Francis) is better to advise the best path for spiritual renewal? I believe he was being descriptive of a very real future for the Church. Only God can bring about renewal in the hearts of His Church; all we need to do is listen to Him in prayer and follow His guide.

This journal is a small step. It's not a prayer method I created nor a grand innovation on my part. It's a daily place to document your prayer journey and an open invitation to walk with the Lord throughout the Liturgical Year. 

Divine Reading Journal is a humble operation, a small family business, inviting our Catholic brothers and sisters to open their hearts and encounter the Lord's presence through regular conversation with our Creator, Lover, and Healer. I am excited to participate in the call to renew the Church by inviting its members to listen to the voice of our God.

A new spiritual springtime for a 2000 year old Church.

Pray for us, we are praying for you. 

- The Stadelman Family

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