Some comment makers on this Blog have been "going on" about how I never write a "spiritual" blog but am always writing blogs that are critical of churches, their hierarchies and their clerics.
They want a blog about things like Lent or St. Patrick.
I think these people are very narrow in their definition of what is "spiritual".
Everything in existence is "spiritual" in the sense that everything has the capacity to touch the spiritual ( inner ) part of men and women.
Some people find churches and worship to be spiritual experiences.
Other's spirits are touched deeply by a mountain, a sky, a waterfall, an ocean etc.
Others find music and art as the entrance to the world of the spirit.
Others find a fine wine or a special meal to be spiritually uplifted.
For others, it's architecture, antiquity, travel, steam trains, beautiful cars, the miracle of air flight that opens up their spirits.
For animal lovers like me, we find spirituality in our bonds with our pets.
|MY ALBINO JACK RUSSELL - ARIA - AFTER CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2017|
So ALL is spiritual.
It's not just thoughts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or the Immaculate Heart of Mary or Padre Pio's stigmata that are spiritual.
When we engage in constructive criticism of the Church and clerics we engage on the spiritual task of exposing the unholy and the scandalous as the first stage towards healing and perfecting. This, of course, can be spiritually painful and distressing to some. But pain and distress is the cornerstone of Christianity - the pain and distress of Calvary.
Is it not the case that very often the hand that hurts is the hand that heals?
While those looking on superficially can accuse us of hatred and scandal-mongering - is it not possible that unbeknown to onlookers, and even ourselves, the Spirit can be at work?
God's ways are indeed strange and His straighter writings often appear crooked to those who "do not have eyes to see".
Of course, a balanced spirituality requires us to encounter both the negative and the positive.
Sometimes we are not good at distinguishing the negative from the positive - AND - the doctor who cuts us open at the beginning of the surgery may not be the one who stitches us closed when it ends.
So, I contend this Blog is ALWAYS spiritual.
That does not mean that those reading it may recognize it as such!