As I continue to read Mary DeTurris Poust's book, Cravings, there is one thing very clear - Spiritual well-being and Physical well-being are connected --- which makes sense given that I am BOTH body and soul.
For many years, I was blessed (and totally took for granted) to participate in what I called a Spiritual Trifecta every Friday!! It would begin with the Sacrament of Reconciliation (which was more like Spiritual Direction and healing time), then over to the next building for noon Mass, followed by 2 p.m. Adoration at my Parish Chapel. It was magnificent, and I felt so close and connected to God. All was well with my soul...
Although I would not say the same for my body, I was able to get to a new low in weight, and felt fairly good about my progress. It wasn't as good as the period from about 2004 - 2009, when I was running - even completing the Disney Half-Marathon, but I was holding my own. Lately, however, and ever so gradual until today it went undetected -- a Spiritual dryness had crept in. I struggle to feel that connection and consolations from God that used to come without conscience thought. So this morning I pondered, What Has Changed??
The answer was not hard to uncover as I went through my new normal routine ... The Trifecta has vanished! The Priest I was so blessed to have frequent Confessions with has a new busier schedule that conflicts with my busier schedule. Not already traveling to see him, driving the 30 minutes for the precious noon Mass alone has lost it's pull (trust me I know how pathetic that sounds), and even my time in Adoration has been reduced. Without these booster shots of Grace ... I can feel myself slipping further into myself (never a good place to hide) - grateful however for this opportunity to recognize and now RESPOND. I love that God has taught me that it is never too late to make a change, never to late to start anew.
Today, I am re-configuring my schedule to add back in frequent Confession, an additional Mass (at least one) a week, and more Adoration time. Knowing THESE changes are as crucial as those I will make in eating, exercise and sleep in finding peace with who I am meant to be.
How about you? Where are you Spiritually?? Where can you add the benefits of prayer, Scripture and Sacraments in your routine --- yes routine, into your every day life?