by Matt Spotts, SJ
“To value the health of a person is worth more than the treasures of the whole universe.”
— St. Ignatius of Loyola
Knowing how Ignatius (over)values my health isn’t always enough to make me exercise at 6 a.m. I’ve spent years carefully cultivating my excuses: I’m too tired, I’m feeling a sniffle, I think I’ve got a bit of a muscle pull and so on.
Deep down in my heart of hearts, though, I know that a healthy lifestyle isn’t about feeling at my peak on any particular morning. Transformation happens when I show up day after day.
The same thing is true of my spiritual health. Church this week might consist of bad preaching and worse music. I might go to prayer bored and sleepy, thinking more about fantasy sports lineups and Jersey Shore spin-offs than about God’s place in my life.
But experience teaches that spiritual health isn’t about any one event. Our relationship with God grows over a long time, not an instant. It starts by just showing up.
You can find a few other keys to the long process of transformation in Matt Spotts’ blog post: The Spirituality of Showing Up
How does your relationship with God grow over time?
Matt Spotts, SJ, is a correspondent for The Jesuit Post, a website that covers Jesus, politics, and pop culture. Spotts graduated from Fordham University and now studies at Saint Louis University, where he’s pursuing a Master of Arts in Early Modern European History.