Spirituality is the way we live our lives – awake to what we are being invited to learn in the present moment, responding to God’s tender and merciful loving and knowing that God, who has chosen to be immersed in this world, is with us.
… Living in the present moment
‘All the great religious traditions insist upon this simple but difficult truth. When we go rushing ahead into the future, or shrinking back into the past, we miss the hand of God, which can only touch us in the now.’
(© 2001 C Bourgeault Mystical Hope p12. Cowley:USA)
… Becoming more and more faithful in a love relationship
‘It is not nearly so much a question of running up a steep hill carrying heavy weights ... as letting go of the weights, letting go of the climb, and falling backwards in trust, believing that we will be caught up in loving protective arms.’
(© 1981 Dyckman and Carroll Inviting the Mystic. Supporting the Prophet pp16-18. Paulist:NJ)
… Responding purposefully
‘Life [is] more than a series of aimless occupations … a sacred reason to be alive ... discovering the star by which we are steering the entire rest of our lives.’
(© 2012 J Chittister osb Following the Path pp158-9. Image:NY)
… Keeping our eyes on Jesus
‘The gospel stories display his actions relative to the way the Creator intends the world to be ... God’s rule of love and justice in the world of the present as well as in an absolute future.’
(© 2012 R Haight sj Christian Spirituality for Seekers p83. Orbis:NY)
Within the diocese there are various opportunities to explore what spirituality means for us – personally and communally
To discuss opportunities for individual or community reflection, retreat, courses or further spirituality studies, please contact us.