Spirituality! Just what do we mean or understand when we hear that word or others talking about their spirituality? What does it mean to you and how is that connected to your faith journey, the way you live and how you pray? Are you that ‘disciple who is bearing witness’ (John 21:24) to the things of the Lord? In the Catholic tradition spirituality is about our relationship with the Lord and with his creation.
Bishop Brian Noble, Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Spirituality Committee said: “The word spirituality now is bandied around in all sorts of different contexts, and can really mean anything from body piercing to prayer, meditation and contemplation.”
He goes on to say that they wanted to introduce some clarity on the question of spirituality for the benefit of the Catholic community. In response to this the Bishops’ Conference have produced a helpful book on Catholic spirituality called “Do you love me”. This book is based on the last chapter of St John’s Gospel – Chapter 21. You can find a link to this book and a short video in the links section of this website.
Do you love me? takes a ‘read-and-reflect’ approach to learning more about our Catholic spirituality. This book may be a good place to start if you are just starting to explore your own spirituality or reading John 21.
Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” Jesus said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that Jesus had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you”. Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep”. John 21:1-19
Now take a deep breathe… are you ready to be taken where you would rather not go… If you are, now is the time to explore your spirituality through the pages of this website, through prayer and in this Year of Mercy, acts of mercy or service in your parish or community, be that at home or work. Our spirituality is about developing that personal relationship with each other and with the Lord. Our Catholic spirituality is something very active. It is something we do, not just something we read about.