Home > Uncategorized > A Healthy Spirit

A Healthy Spirit

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We often hear of someone who is a good spirit. On occasion we’ve heard people described as mean spirited. We hear of people seeing spirits walking around. We have spiritual growth committees, we describe ourselves as being on spiritual journeys, and some of us even have spiritual directors. The “spirit” can be holy, tired, lively, poor or untamed. With all of these and numerous other ways we tie the spirit into our daily lives and conversations, it makes me stop and wonder where our concept of what spirit is comes from.
When I personally think of the spirit my mind imagines the spirit as it was portrayed in the baptism of Jesus and at Pentecost; “in the image of a dove.” Yet I believe that being a part of God’s creation means I carry within me a portion of that Holy Spirit of God. We all do. And that Spirit can be displayed to others or it can be repressed by us depending on how we choose to work with it. Yet there is more. Consider how we pray. When I pray or am thinking about my actions and attitudes what I pray for is a healthy spirit. A healthy spirit means that we are taking care of our souls while genuinely caring for the souls of others. It means we have taken the time for daily scheduled prayer or meditation or hopefully both. It means the things we read, watch, and listen to are grounded in our faith’s teachings and inspire us to do good. And it means that when we do find ourselves facing fear (fear being the root of anger, hate, and prejudices) we can turn to Christ and ask for God to send the Holy Spirit to guide us with love. When we follow through with that course of action we can more easily have faith that the outcome will be what God wills, and we are better able to accept it. Yes, there are many ways to talk about the spirit. During these seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, may we all work towards having a healthy spirit.
Peace to all,
Deacon Pete

Advertisements
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: