How does one achieve authentic spirituality? It is all about the soil, not the fruit. We examine Galatians 5:19-26, the classic "fruit of the Spirit" passage from Paul. All too often Christians believe they should simply "will" the fruit of the Spirit. But the fruit is OF the Spirit - the fruit issues from the Spirit. This is far different from cobbling together spiritual fruit and then nailing it to the Spirit.
How have your spiritual rhythms been doing since the pandemic started? The Christian life is nothing but habits and disciplines used to transform us into the image of Christ. How is your Sabbath-keeping discipline these days? And to the point, how is your habit of gathering going? Is it time for you to return to church?
The Sacrament of the Present Moment is a spiritual book written by an 18th century Jesuit, Jean-Pierre De Caussade. I am simply using the title concept to speak to our current culture about how spirituality and compassion work together.
"A Prayer Service for America"