A Note on Spirituality

from The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
James Martin SJ

A spirituality is like a bridge. Every bridge does pretty much the same thing--gets you from one place to another, sometimes over perilous ground, or a river, or great heights. But they do so in different ways. They might be built of rope, wood, bricks, stone, or steel, as arches, cantilevers, or suspension bridges. "Hence," writes Father de Buibert, "there will be a series of different types with each one having its advantages and disadvantages. Each one is adaptable to given terrains and contours and not to others; yet each one in its own way achieves the common purpose--to provide a passage by means of an organic, balanced combination of materials and shapes."

Every spirituality offers you a distinctive "passage" to God.


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