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Fr. Michael Najim

Joined: Apr. 10, 2012

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I am a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Providence, RI. I graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1996, attended St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA from 1997-2001, and was ordained in 2001. Currently, I am the Diocesan Vocation Director and Chaplain at La Salle Academy; in July, I will begin as Spiritual Director at Our Lady of Providence Seminary while continuing as chaplain at La Salle.


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Revelation, Interiority, and the Gift

Apr. 13 at 5:49pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Apr. 14 at 8:17am

In Christian spirituality we often refer to growth in the "interior life." The more I ponder this gift of the interior life, the more I am amazed by the very mystery of human interiority. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the human heart is "the place of encounter." It is in our very interiority that we encounter the living God. Because we possess interiority, we are able to be conscious of God, to communicate with God, to know...


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Re: Catholicism and Personalism: Not Such Strange Bedfellows

Apr. 12 at 5:26pm | see this comment in context

Devra,

I think you offer a great insight.  People often see the "rules" of Catholicism as restricting, when in fact they bring us true freedom.  Fr. Robert Barron uses the example of Michael Jordan: Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time; he was completely free when he played the game, precisely because he mastered the basics...the rules.  Or think of a concert pianist: he/she is completely free to play the piano precisely because his/her freedom has been shaped by conforming to the rules, the basics.  We become more free by living the virtues, and these same virtues shine forth differently from each one of us.  That's what we see in the lives of the saints.  Charity is charity, but it is embodied (personalized) differently in my life than in Mother Teresa's. 

Great thoughts.  Thanks!

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