“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” -Mt. 7:13-14
Throughout my life, journaling has been a form of prayer for me. Most entries are meant to be something that could be prayed with in church. Many entries were written from the heart while face to face with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration.
In the last few years, I have found that journaling is not the best way to pray for me. It can easily turn me in on myself without turning me in towards Our Lord present in my soul. Other times it keeps me from turning out of myself to consider what others are thinking.
Because of this, I journal only moderately now, so I can talk less and try to listen more to God and to others (through silence and reading).
Lest this journal entry turn into a diss on journaling, I will say what journaling does do for me.
Journaling is the most accurate means of reflecting on where my soul and heart have been, what I struggled with, what I’m currently struggling with, and where I’m headed. It is incredible for self knowledge.
When I type or write out what I am thinking, I realize the good within that comes from God, my own duplicity, and how much of what I think and feel is not actually what I believe or know to be true.