Friday, January 08, 2010
Middle Aged Spirituality
So one of the books I have to read this semester for my internship concerns the topic of Spirituality for the transitional (middle) age. The book I read was Passage Through Mid Life by Paul Robb SJ.
The book was a total revelation for me. Fr. Robb discusses how fear can keep us from growing closer to God or becoming what God wants us to be. We, if we want a relationship with God and to become the "best version of ourselves" we need to find out where that fear is coming from and root it out.
In some cases, the fear comes from something that happened in our childhood. Our development as an emotionally, spiritually whole person gets stuck where the fear became so overwhelming that we can no longer grow in wisdom and favor with God (Luke 2:52).
What we need to do is go back and deal with that inner child . We need to try to heal whatever caused that fear and hurt in that child so that we can grow beyond it. By caring for our inner child, we can become emotionally and spiritually whole as an adult.
It might sound like psychobabble, but it makes sense from a Christian perspective. Jesus tell us that if we are willing to become as humble as a little child we will be the greatest in His kingdom. (Mat 18:4). How humbling is it to revisit our childhood hurts and traumas and work on making ourselves stronger, and more whole? When we humble ourselves in the site of the Lord, He will lift us up.
So, what fear is holding you back? Where do you need to care for your inner child so that God can lift you up and grant you the abundant life you so richly deserve? Get to work.