We’ve spent a number of days talking about spiritual freedom, a discussion that led quite naturally to the topic of discernment. We want to go about our lives with wisdom; we want to develop the ability to reflect and learn.
Sometimes our difficulty in spiritual growth can be traced to fundamental self-neglect. What I mean by that is, we are going full speed ahead without taking proper care of ourselves. We think our belief is faltering, but really we are physically exhausted. We’re frustrated by spotty concentration, not realizing that we’re distracted by worry over possessions or what we’ll have for dinner.
This week, I’ll introduce you to a colleague, Joe Paprocki, whose new book addresses keys to spiritual wellness. We’ll share a video of Joe and me discussing the book. Joe has been working with catechists for many years and maintains Loyola Press’s popular blog, Catechist’s Journey.
Although Days of Deepening Friendship is not a blog for catechists, many of you in our DDF community have given years, even decades, of work to ministry in and out of the Church. Some of us have worn ourselves out before realizing that self-care is not a luxury but a necessity.
What’s interesting about Joe’s book is that he began with the seven deadly sins and explored what their opposites would be. The seven deadly sins lead to a breakdown in spiritual health, so wouldn’t their opposites—the virtues—lead to spiritual wellness?
I’m interested to hear your ideas about what leads to spiritual wellness—please post your wisdom!