Pause to reflect on what experiences have shaped your spiritual life?
What practices do you follow to nurture your spirituality?
Recently, I was reading one of my favorite books: Traits of a Healthy Spirituality by Melanie Svoboda, SND. The book describes several attributes that can help us reflect on and deepen our spirituality. In the first chapter, two quotes caught my eyes: “Spirituality is how I cope with life” (Gerard Broccolo), and my personal favorite: “Spirituality is meeting God in all that life is.” (Patricia Livingston)
Broccolo views spirituality from the aspect of the way we cope with life. In what area of your life do you long for clarity? Where is God leading you?
Livingston views spirituality as meeting God in all that life is. We can meet God in the Scriptures through Lectio Divina, through quiet places, in music, in our quest for Truth, in times of need, in our joys, in our struggles, and in our everyday adventures and daily life. There is intention in encountering God and in allowing God to work in us and through us in everyday circumstances. Prayerful discernment also includes meeting God in the everyday moments of our lives. What helps you meet God in all that life is?
Let this be our prayer: “God, when you ask, ‘where are you?’ May my answer always be: ‘with you, my God. With you.” (Melanie Svoboda SND, Traits of a Healthy Spirituality, p8)
If you are a single, Catholic woman, age 18-45, and would like to pray together with religious Sisters and other women who are discerning God’s call to religious life, we invite you to our upcoming “Come and See Retreat.” The theme is: “Show me the way.” For more information and to register, click here.