Sunday, January 4, 2009

Seizing Your Spiritual Maturity

A most blessed Feast of the Epiphany and how appropriate tis for us to seek an epiphany of the coming year! As we do, this is the time of year for resolutions. Weight loss, job goals, family goals all have their usual place in this list. What of your spiritual goals?

As Plain Catholics, our spirituality is quite Benedictine in its charism. While the Rule of St. Benedict is always a good book for your book basket, allow to me to suggest an excellent commentary on that Rule which brings it into the level of everyday living. What Makes a Cistercian Monk? by Fr. Anthony Delisi, OCSO is just as relevant to our family life and its spiritual health as it is for the monks in the Chapter to whom he gave these talks.

Pithy and to the point, do read it slowly and ruminate thoroughly. No rambling anecdotes, no self-important revelations; Fr. Delisi simply passes on hundreds of years of living the Rule in the daily and the ordinary as it is handed down from monk to monk. Gospel living at its simplest and best. This tiny book is well worth the read and is one that remains in my book basket for the long term.
That's me away.

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