Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Spiritual Direction

I advise everybody to seek a spiritual director. God gives us grace, and our cooperation with us over time leads us more and more deep into the life of prayer, especially sacramental prayer, and the life of good works.

But we cannot do it alone! We are our worst judges, never knowing when we do wrong or need help, or if we do, it seems that we have a feeling that something is amiss but are unable to articulate it. A spiritual director can help fix one's prayer regimen. Sometimes we take on too many devotions, or we do not partake in the sacraments enough and sometimes this is by our own reluctance. Sometimes we need help getting through a good prayer routine: we spend too much time doing other things.

Honestly, make a list of the things you must do each day and the time it takes. Also list how many things you do actually do on a regular basis and the time you spend doing them. I won't even bet you don't use your time in work and prayer effectively, because let's face it, you don't! It takes time in the morning to get going, and then when a more sizable task is finished we take a break (on top of the breaks taken during the task). It's very hard to get back on track from that, but we need to do that.

We discussed goodness and holiness in my Christian Moral Principles class. The professor said that we cannot become holy if we are not seeking the good, but also the opposite is true: we cannot be good if we are not trying to be holy. And we need to strive for perfection, just as our Heavenly Father is perfect.

One priest especially known for advocating spiritual direction is the founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaria Escriva, and his advice is eminently suited for the layperson, as he fully articulated we are all called to holiness.

Stay close to the sacraments, especially of Confession and Holy Communion, and pray that you might be ready for a good and holy director.

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