Pastor’s Note: Spiritual Re-Surfacing
Have you ever noticed the street re-surfacing process? I am fascinated how they prepare by replacing large chunks of the whole road and then re-lay the foundation at certain sections. One day I decided to take a closer look at a re-surfacing project in our neighborhood. I could not understand the apparent logic of the sections of the road they dug up and replaced versus the sections they sealed with tar. It seemed to me that many large cracks were just sealed over rather than dug up.
So I asked a structural engineer friend of mine who worked for a big traffic and engineering division. I found his explanation fascinating. He explained there are certain cracks on the asphalt that indicate foundation damage and if they just seal those with tar the cracks will reappear and the road will collapse. I asked him about those cracks not torn up. He said that most often the large cracks are not due to foundation problems but surface problems and are easily solved by sealing with tar.
This is also true for our spiritual lives. We often have foundation problems in our lives that keep us from building a solid spiritual road in our lives. The signs of troubled foundation are obvious to those who understand the structural world for spirituality, but for most of it is not so obvious.
Going through personal spiritual formation enables some of the major roads of our spiritual lives to be re-constructed and not just sealed. Through discernment we can dig up some major portions of our lives to lay new foundations and seal other less significant cracks.
This process of cutting the edges of the road and re-sealing the longer cracks and then resurfacing the whole road is an exciting journey, but it will affect everyone in our lives in much the same way that the neighborhood is affected by the resurfacing of the road. Nonetheless, this step is critical to building a strong spiritual road and we need this resurfacing.
Let us all take some time today to pray about our spiritual lives and discern what areas could use some resurfacing.
– Fr. Brendan McGuire