Every time I catch something special on EWTN I know it is the Holy Spirit because I barely watch TV, and when I do watch TV it is usually a kids' show or a husband show.
Tonight I caught Fr. Michael Gaitley on Women of Grace. The show is on every week night at 11:30 p.m. EST. I think he'll be on through Wednesday, at least. I've never heard him before, but absolutely loved his Do-It-Yourself Retreat book.
I ordered the first copy as soon as I was in front of a computer, after my priest recommended it to me. While visiting him he told me that this book most helped him through his surgery for colon cancer. I did read it in a weekend, mostly while sitting alone in our Church, in front of the Tabernacle. It got me really excited. I also love the topically organized Diary of St. Faustina in Appendix. There are online versions of this, but I love being able to hold and linger over the words in book format.
I bought 8 copies to give to the other teachers of the Religion School at our Church, and also sent a copy to my Dad. This is one of the key books I loaned a friend that came back to the Catholic church this year.
Fr. Gaitley speaks with a heart that has felt the embrace of Christ and is on fire with love for God, and wanting to spread that love, and a way of living a life focused on consoling the heart of Jesus, of praising and thanking God in all things. He has deep understanding of the theology of St. Therese, St. Faustina, St. Ignatius, St. Louis de Montefort with a few quotes from Jesus's visitations to St. Margaret Mary as well.
Johnnette Benkovic was getting really fired up too with the spirituality, and the need for us all to grab hold of these helps to make a difference and lead others to the same path. In short, Fr. Gaitley's holy enthusiasm is contagious, thus this post!