By: Francine and Byron Pirola
Every person is created with a divine destiny: God created us for eternal union with him. Our earthly life is preparation for this union but all too often, we neglect our spiritual development through busyness and pre-occupation with the things of this world.
Some Christians fret and worry about their spouse’s lack of faith. In vain they try to nag, cajole and coax their spouse to attend church more often, pray more fervently, worship more piously and… be more like them! And usually, the harder they try, the more their spouse resists. Their lack of peace and presence causes their spouse to reject their project of reform.
The truth is, we cannot give that which we do not have, so our first responsibility is to develop our own spiritual life and to grow in virtue. This growth increases our capacity for love, making us a better spouse and connecting us with God’s peace. It also allows our spouse the freedom to find their own expression of faith while encouraging them through our example, which becomes a point of attraction rather than an issue of obligation or guilt. Only then do they become true ‘spiritual guardians’ rather than ‘spiritual dictators’.
How’s your Spiritual Health?
- On a scale of 0 (dead on arrival) to 10 (maxed out), how would you rate your spiritual health:
- Prayer and devotion
- Growth in virtue
- Love for others
- Spiritual learning/education
- Right priorities
- Identify one growth area on which to focus and set yourself a spiritual goal for the coming week.
Credit to Francine and Byron Pirola of CathFamily.