Podcast: What is (Christian) Spirituality? Part 2
As we saw in our previous podcast, Christian spirituality is quite different from a vague, generic spirituality. When we talk about spirituality, we mean “life in the Holy Spirit.” In this All Saints conversation, we’re going to learn about spirituality from two people from our Christian heritage: Jeanne Guyon and John Cassian. Though from different countries and different eras, they both have something to teach us about a life lived with the Holy Spirit.
“Praying the scripture,” Jeanne Guyon tells us in her book Experiencing the Depths of Christ, “is not judged by how much you read, but by the way in which you read.” And it’s true: You can’t hang out with Jesus in the Word of God without it getting into your bloodstream — without it transforming your mind and heart.
And from John Cassian, we hear from the desert fathers who taught him how to pray. A monk named Abba Moses used the image of a mill grinding wheat to help John understand how our thoughts will always be grinding away at something. We get to choose what that something is: “. . . it is within our power to feed it either with spiritual meditation or with worldly concerns.”
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