Hitting F5 on the Spiritual Life

by Micah Murphy

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about Confession.  It was yet another restart for me, a time of renewal, an opportunity to refresh my spiritual life.

If only refreshing our spiritual lives was as easy as pressing F5 on our keyboards to refresh a computer screen!

Some Confessions follow venial sins that harm our relationships with God, while others follow mortal sins, even years of them, that have severed us from His good graces.  It can take a long time to right the wrongs we’ve committed and go about putting our own little worlds back the way they should be.  Some saints spent years in penance for past sins, making amends for the great evils they committed.  Already forgiven by God, they still needed to repair the damage they had done to themselves and others.

Refreshing the spiritual life involves our penances, and trying to put things right.  For those who’ve been away from the Church, it may include taking some faith formation classes.  For those who haven’t been as devoted to God as they could be, it may include speaking with a trusted and faith-filled friend about prayer, or getting a spiritual director.  For those who struggle with addiction to sins, it may include finding an accountability partner, or asking your spouse to correct steer you away from the things that you need to avoid.

For me, hitting F5 on the spiritual life includes a spiritual renewal, a renewed attempt to reach out to God frequently in prayer, and the assistance of a trusted spiritual director.

How do you hit F5 after Confession?

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Do you have another way of renewing the spiritual life?  Let me know in the comment box!