A Rich Spiritual Life
February 09, 2016
Filed In: Faith
What does it mean to have a rich spiritual life? What would your day need to look like in order to achieve that life? We have daily needs in our spiritual life that need to be met in order for us to keep making forward progress and in order for us to live truly free.
I've written many times on the topics of sin, temptation, and reconciliation. The theme of sin in our lives is one that we all share. We're all in the struggle and the struggle is real. The more we resist sin, at least initially, the more challenging overcoming temptation is. There's pushback, there's relapse, and there's getting back up.
I think that many of us, when working on amending our lives, fail to realize just how big of an impact our daily prayer routine and spiritual habits play in our success. The more time we devote to prayer and turning our thoughts back to God, the more resilient we are to temptation. The less we sin, the more free we are. The less we sin, the more we realize just how trapped our sin was making us.
As with all other aspects of our lives, success comes through integration. A rich spiritual life encompasses all forms of prayer at regular intervals throughout the day. It may include the Mass, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, or any number of devotionals. It may include time reading the Bible, meditating, using the Magnificat, or any other spiritual reading. It should include the more informal conversation with God. A combination of all of these types of prayer make up a rich daily spiritual life.
The key to success is not quantity or duration, but rather frequency. Small doses throughout the day help to maintain focus. Small interactions with prayer lead to increased clarity and awareness. When temptation comes, and it always does, you'll be less likely to fall for it without a fight. Since your prayer routine has you engaged in your thoughts and your work, you'll reason through the temptation and be able to dismiss it for what it truly is. You'll be able to logically discern where engaging with that temptation will end up and whether or not it's something that you truly want to do.
I believe that the most important part of a rich spiritual life is constant change. As you grow closer to God, you'll change. You will become a new person, more unique than you were before. In the spirit of that constant change, your daily prayer routine should change with you. There will be times when you're really into a particular type of prayer and other times when you're not. If your prayer routine doesn't change, you'll become bored and more likely to abandon the pursuit of holiness. Change keeps things new, fresh, exciting, and suited to where you are in life.
A rich spiritual life is necessary not only to be the best person that you can be, but in order to be truly free. By engaging in prayer regularly throughout the day, in varied forms, you'll live your live more alive and engaged with your day than before and be better prepared to reject Satan, and all of his works, and all of his empty promises.