Grow Your Soul: 7 Ways to Experience New Life During Easter

Grow Your Soul: 7 Ways to Experience New Life During Easter

One of my favorite quotes is attributed to the great Mahatma Gandhi, who said, “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” I like to ask myself if what I have done or am doing presently serves to expand my soul or if it is diminishing it. I think that there are many things we do in life for recreation that actually diminish our souls or cause them to shrink, such as mindlessly watching TV, playing video games, or surfing social media. These things are not bad, but they often serve to anesthetize or numb us rather than stimulate or enrich us.

I would like to suggest that the 50 days of Easter that we are about to celebrate is a time for us to “grow our souls!” While the 40 days of Lent lay out a program of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we often don’t seem to have a game plan for how to celebrate the 50 days of Easter. With that in mind, over the next few weeks, I will offer a series here called, “Grow Your Soul: 7 Ways to Experience New Life During Easter,” drawing from my book 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness: Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul.

These seven ways to experience new life during Easter are:

  1. See yourself as you really are.
  2. Delight in the success of others.
  3. Think before acting.
  4. Hold on loosely.
  5. Recognize and set limits.
  6. Seek beauty.
  7. Unleash your imagination.

In the Church year, we feast longer than we fast! Let’s truly feast this Easter season by growing our souls in the worship of the Risen Christ!


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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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