Spiritual Development

Resolution and Perspective In Spiritual Development

By Reverend Friar Anthony A.M. Pearson, OFE

The advice of a Saint is proven wisdom we dare not ignore. Perhaps, another way to say it, we ignore it at great peril to our spiritual health and progress. The Saints have struggled in the front-line experience of life having proven what real spiritual development requires.
 
St. Charles Borromeo said, “If we wish to make any progress in the service of God, we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.” This sage advice speaks to our development of resolution and perspective. Both are necessary paradigms for spiritual growth and development. Proverbs 23: 7 frames the principle, “As a man thinks, so is he.” Attitude, resolution, perspective all are foundational to spiritual success and development. Living for God’s honor alone, choosing His presence over our comfort and security, and living in daily renewal of faith and effort.
 
I am reminded of St. Paul’s example and thought. He says, Finally, brethren,whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8). To this we add Paul’s most noble declaration, Philippians 1: 21, For me to live is Christ….” What strength, focus, and determination!
 
Thus, from Scripture and the exhortation of the Saint we receive solid direction toward achieving our spiritual goals. God grant us the wisdom to address this daily.‚Äč