The Great Spiritual Reset

Here is a summary of the Great Spiritual Reset at Saint Daniel Church in Wheaton:

  • Recommit your life personally to Jesus Christ.  Acknowledge him as your God, and thank Him for saving your eternal life.
  • Practice your faith in Jesus Christ religiously each day, through personal prayer, learning, and service in the Church.
  • Reach out to others by word and example, so that they may encounter Jesus Christ as their God and Savior as well.
The details of the Great Spiritual Reset are described below.  Thank you being part of the Great Spiritual Reset at our parish!

Getting Ready.  Before we reopen our Church fully, we need to spiritually prepare our hearts, our minds, and our wills for this great opportunity.  Here are some ways for us to successfully push the Great Spiritual Reset button before we emerge from the catacombs of the current pandemic.  With hearts, minds, and wills renewed in Christ, we are committed to make the Church more United, more Holy, more Catholic, and more Apostolic.  Here are some of the ways in which we intend to accomplish this spiritual goal.

  • One: We are united as a faith-based community of believers who identify ourselves as Intentional Disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Holy: We are committed to lead lives of repentance as forgiven sinners who are destined for eternal life in Jesus Christ.
  • Catholic: We are dedicated to faithfully promote the Sacred Tradition of Catholic Christianity, as taught in the Catechism.
  • Apostolic: We are inspired by the Scriptures to organize ourselves as an Acts 2:42 community of born-again Catholics.
New Life in Christ.  As Catholic Christians, we look upward in faith, move forward in hope, and lead onward in love to new life in Christ.  As a faith community of prayer, learning, and service, we invite you to join us as Intentional Disciples of Christ.    Through this Great Spiritual Reset of the Church, we want to emerge from the pandemic of 2020 as Missionary Disciples in 2021.  Here is our three-fold spiritual plan to become fully engaged in the New Evangelization for the salvation of the whole world in Jesus Christ!  We invite you to join us!

We are a faith community of PRAYER, learning, and service.  The first step is always to know Jesus personally – that is, “who” He is, and “why” He matters.  Only then are we truly capable of understanding the “what” and the “how” of our faith in Christ.  Here are some ways that we can discover and embrace Jesus as our God, and grow in a personal relationship with Him through prayer:

  • Magnificat Magazine: check out www.magnificat.org for this monthly prayer magazine.
  • Rosary Devotions: meditate daily on the mysteries of our faith through the Marian Rosary.
  • Practice Lectio Divina each day, and pray the Jesus Prayer throughout your entire day.
  • Daily Mass: come to Mass, Monday through Saturday mornings, at 7:30 a.m. in our church.
  • Spiritual Direction: click here to explore Spiritual Direction as a path to greater holiness.

We are a faith community of prayer, LEARNING, and service.  Once we have discovered who Jesus is as God, and why faith in Him matters, then we want to know more, that is, to know all about Him.  Notice that “knowing” Jesus personally comes first, and then “knowing about” Jesus naturally follows.  Here are some ways that we can learn more about the Jesus whom we know and love:

We are a faith community of prayer, learning, and SERVICE.  Once we have discovered who Jesus is, why He matters, and then learned more about Jesus and His teachings, the next step is to lovingly share our faith with others.  The art of Friendship Evangelization starts in the parish community and reaches out to all people of good will.  Here are some steps in that direction:

  • Participate in the charitable drives of the St. Vincent DePaul Society at our parish.
  • Volunteer in local community organizations that assist the poor and the homeless.
  • Volunteer for the liturgical, educational, and service ministries of our parish community.
  • Join or start a parish Prayer Partner group that regularly prays, learns, and serves together.
  • Share your faith with others through the lessons learned in the ChristLife course at our parish.
Are you ready to join us in this spiritual quest?  For more information about our parish community of faith, please click here.  Religion is the bridge between what is Spiritual and what is Worldly.  When we religiously follow the spiritual teachings of Christ, our worldly existence is transformed by the grace of Christ for the better.  For more information about the Catholic Christian lifestyle, please click here.  If you would be interested in exploring Spiritual Direction as a dimension of your growth in Christ, please click here.  May the Lord guide you in your spiritual journey!

For more information about the Great Spiritual Reset, please send an email to Prayer@StDaniel.org. Let us reopen our hearts to Christ, illumine our minds with Christ, and empower our wills for Christ so that, when we come out of the catacombs of this pandemic, we will be fully equipped to courageously practice and promote our Faith for the salvation of the world in Christ.  Together, let us:

  • Look upward in faith: to know the core gospel message and to grow in the practice of our Faith Tradition.
  • Move forward in hope: to keep our eyes always fixed on Jesus, so that we may follow wherever He lead us.
  • Lead onward in love: to fervently keep the new commandment of Christ in sacrificial love and Christian service.
  • To new life in Christ: this is eternal life, to know the one true God and the Christ whom He has sent to save us.

Stand Up for Jesus!  This is our hope. This is our destiny. This is our defining moment in Christ!  Join us in the Great Spiritual Reset of the Church!  Our local parish efforts parallel those of neighboring dioceses. Please click here for more information. When it comes to the New Evangelization, we are all in this together. May the following prayer inspire us to move forward in our spiritual journey together:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.  And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.  O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation.
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.