Do you have a “to do” list? Very often there are things in our lives that we push aside until later, when we have time. Perhaps, there may be some issues that we just don’t want to face right now. Putting these matters into a spiritual context, I compiled a list of some questions that we might ask ourselves to see whether or not there are some unresolved concerns in our spiritual lives:
- Should I be taking more time to pray each day?
- How often do I open the Bible to read and to reflect on the Sacred Scriptures?
- Have I been meaning to get to Mass more often and on a regular basis?
- Has it been too long since I made a sacramental confession?
- Do I volunteer my service to my church in some capacity or do I wait for someone else to do it?
- Do I tell the members of my family that I love them often?
- Do I pray for my spouse and my children (or my parents)?
- Do I take my spouse (or family) for granted?
- Am I holding a grudge against anyone?
- Have I forgiven someone who has hurt me or asked forgiveness from someone whom I have hurt?
- Have I recently visited that family member or friend who is homebound or institutionalized?
- Is there someone from my past who I have lost contact with and never taken the time to get in touch with again?
- Have I made that donation to charity that I had intended to do?
- If I am struggling with some issue, have I sought out professional help or someone qualified to assist me, or do I choose to go it alone?
- If I have failed at something, have I prayed for the courage and strength to begin and to try again?
I realize that there are times in all of our lives when we may feel overwhelmed, out of control, down in the dumps or just simply tired. Personally, I have found that when my spiritual life is in order and I minimize any unresolved spiritual issues, the other matters in my life seem to fall more into place.
Jesus gave us two great commandments: to love God "with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind" and to love your neighbor as yourself (see Mt. 22: 36-40). Let’s try not to complicate matters and work to keep the spiritual things in our lives in proper perspective and in right priority.
Fr. Ed Namiotka
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