Week of August 9, 2020

Is your spiritual life by chance, or by choice? I’ll freely admit that a lot of my own spiritual life is by chance, and that is not a bad thing per se.
Let me explain by using a metaphor. Right now my extroverted tendencies are largely being fed by random encounters with people I meet. I’ll run into a parishioner in the store, or a friend downtown, and will deeply partake of the energy of that encounter with all the gusto my social heart can muster. A lot of my spiritual life operates in the same way: I will have some moment in my life suddenly take on a profoundly spiritual quality, one that appears to come entirely from the external, not by my own design.
Contrast that with the intentional design. Back to my metaphor, I’ve had to remind myself to keep up with personal correspondences with people whom I normally see on a regular basis–close friends, etc. With the cessation of public worship and its radical transformation into an almost exclusively online format, what was my normally scheduled spiritual life has fallen away. I’m no longer receiving the Eucharist, praying with others, or singing hymns.
Ideally my social life should be a combination of the intentional and the spontaneous, rather than rely so heavily on what is really the more inconsistent fare. In the same vein, all of us should be mindful of finding new disciplines, new methods of ensuring that our spirits remain healthy and regularly fed as well.
Grace and peace be with you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Fr. Rob+