As we all know, we are born, we live and we die. The most certain thing in life is that we will die one day, at a time and in a place that we do not know; so the beauty and pain of life involves a whole process of maturing physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. These aspects are all interlinked, yet there is no guarantee that we grow holistically. One can be mature in years and emotionally immature; one can be mature psychologically and have a childish image of God.
Our contemporary culture offers us vague and ambiguous notions of ‘spiritual growth’ and different religions have various interpretations. As Catholics we know we are called to seek, know, and love God with all our strength (prologue to Catechism of the Catholic Church). This call into an intimate relationship with a God who loves us infinitely and unconditionally is what we are all made for.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Ephesians 3: 14-19
The life of a Catholic makes no sense unless it is a life of constant spiritual growth. To cease to grow in our spiritual lives is to become indifferent to God and deaf to Christ’s constant loving call to us. It is our duty — and it also needs to be our joy — to strive to grow toward Christ, in the way that a flower grows toward the sun.
This happens in one way alone: by accepting the infinite outpouring of love and grace offered to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. When we enter into the paschal mystery, we allow the Trinity within us to effect our transformation into an image of Jesus Christ – and in so doing, we are brought to the fullness of life that is being offered to us.
“You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Everything that we experience from day to day can be the material for growing in this relationship with Him and thus with each other. As St Paul says, nothing can separate us from Him (cf. Rom 8:39) – nothing is wasted!
The pages in this section of the website are to offer you a variety of tools which the Church provides for our growth in the spiritual life.