What the spiritual life is not

Evelyn Underhill writes:

[M]y spritual life is not something specialised and intense; a fenced-off devotional patch rather difficult to cultivate, and needing to be sheltered from the cold winds of the outer world. Nor is it an alternative to my outward practical life. …

Still less does the spiritual life mean a mere cultivation of one’s own soul; poking around our interior premises with [a flashlight] … for it is a life that is shared with all other spirits, whether in the body or out of the body, to adopt St. Paul’s words. You remember how Dante says that directly a soul ceases to say Mine, and says Ours.

(from The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill, Harpers, NY.)

If you don’t remember Dante, it’s okay. Let us share in the Spirit as we gather next week, and throughout the season of Lent.

Poem: OAR by Moya Cannon

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