My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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I had a fascinating discussion with my sister this weekend about intuition. I believe in intuition. I think it might just be one of those extra God gives people, and some people have more, some less, and some people develop their gift more than others.

My sister has it. She with great accuracy was suspicious of a deceptive family member while I wasn't even getting a whiff of danger. I thought my sister was just being paranoid - but in the long run she was spot on and we both regret we didn't pay more attention to her intuition.

I have noticed over the years that I have intuition too although I do not always follow it. A few years back, I met up with a woman that I had met over the internet at a church function. We were happy to meet one another and she was eager to show me photos of her husband and kids. When I saw her husband, I just had an odd feeling about him. Something about the photograph gave me a bad feeling. A few weeks later, they broke up!

On a personal note, I suspected that the client who left me in February was getting ready to bolt. I couldn't put my finger on it - it was just a feeling, but sure enough that business relationship ended.

My sister gave me some insight from some reading she has done.

If you look a this pattern


from experience, you just figure that the next letter in the pattern will be D. According to my sister, people with a lot of intuition have the ability to notice and remember certain patterns and their outcomes, and then subconsciously recognize those patterns and put them together to have an intuition about the conclusion. So, according to this theory, there was something in the husband's smile, or body language that was part of a pattern I had picked up that gave me a wary feeling about about him as a husband. And there were little things about my former client that were also clues to their true intentions.

If my sister's theory is correct, (and it makes a lot of sense to me) then it seems the trick is to recognize when we are picking up those patterns, and not let wishful thinking or other rationales get in the way of what we are sensing.

Of course, you also want to be able to give people the benefit of a doubt too. As a Catholic, then it would be important to balance the two, which I'll have to think about some more.

But it's fascinating stuff to think about!

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