My name is Lori Crock and I have had the privilege of leading SoulCore at parishes and with groups in my diocese in Columbus, Ohio since December, 2016.
I am an active Catholic and a wife of 34 years and a mother of two adult children. I work as a strength coach teaching people how to get stronger using kettlebells at my company, MoveStrong Kettlebells. I also enjoy writing and speaking about spiritual strength through holyandhealthycatholic.com.
I began desiring to combine prayer and exercise in my own life and that led me to attend the SoulCore Leader Discovery Retreat in August, 2016. Since then, SoulCore has impacted my life in some amazing ways that I’d like to share with you here.
A Stronger Prayer Life
Like many SoulCore Leaders, as I began to lead SoulCore in parishes, I felt called to pray more, read Scripture and look for inspiration from the saints to develop the reflections for my SoulCore classes. This has been such an incredible gift in my life and has brought me closer to Jesus through Mary.
I am in awe of how the Holy Spirit works through ordinary people (like you and me!) to bring the love and joy of Jesus to others. Even while I’m leading the SoulCore Rosary prayers and movements, I am in deep prayer and I feel Jesus and Mary close, teaching us and inviting us into deeper union with them.
Thank you Jesus for the gift of prayer and how it transforms our lives.
A Greater Desire for the Sacraments
Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Mass are sometimes offered before or after SoulCore at the parishes where I lead SoulCore—and I try to attend as much as possible. It is truly a blessing to attend Holy Mass and to be in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with my SoulCore friends and to pray for their intentions. I also feel called to the Sacrament of Reconciliation more often since leading SoulCore. I learn so much about myself and the sins that hold me back from being united with Jesus when I frequent this beautiful sacrament.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the sacraments and please continue to move my heart to frequent them often to grow closer to you.
The Joy of New Friendships
SoulCore has taken me to parishes, retreat centers, Catholic school gymnasiums, my own gym, people’s homes, and outdoors … and it has been a blessing to meet so many women, men and children who love Jesus and Mary. My heart is filled with hope for the future of our Church in meeting so many faith-filled families. I treasure my SoulCore friends far and near and they inspire and teach me to be a better daughter in Christ. I am also grateful for the friendship with our Blessed Mother and I treasure her love and guidance in my life.
Dearest Jesus, thank you for the gift of friendship and especially for your Mother, who is our friend and guide.
I hope that you have the opportunity to experience the peace, joy and beauty of SoulCore prayer and exercise in person, or as a member of the SoulCore new online community.
I’d like to close with these beautiful words from St. Therese of Lisieux about prayer. “For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look toward Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
Wishing you the peace of Christ,
*Lori Crock is a wife and mother, St. Joseph-Plain City parishioner, strength coach, writer/speaker and SoulCore Rosary prayer/exercise leader in Columbus, Ohio. Praying the Rosary and reflecting on the wisdom of the saints strengthens Lori on her faith journey. Lori is online at holyandhealthycatholic.com and she hosts the “Holy and Healthy Minute” on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio AM820.