|John Writes to Sardis and Philadelphia from the Bamberg Apocalypse (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)|
- Everyone has an idiolect–a collection of personal speech habits that is different from anyone else’s. Have you ever thought about your spiritual idiolect? Since your soul is unique, you have a personal way of speaking to God that no one else completely shares. Today I am announcing the creation of a new blog that will help you find and fine-tune your spiritual idiolect.
Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network is a community of Catholic bloggers who have come together to promote growth in Christ. Each of us has his or her own blog on authentic Catholic spirituality. Some of us are Carmelites. Others are Benedictines. Some practice Ignatian spirituality. Others’ blog posts are more eclectic. We hope that by sharing our spiritual idiolects, you will find yours.
You have a secret name known only to God
Jesus told the Apostle John, “To him who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it” (Revelation 2:17). Your relationship with Jesus is different from anyone else’s in the history of the world. Your temperament, upbringing, talents, and life experiences make you a unique individual. When you were reborn in baptism, God granted you this “secret name”–your personal identity in Christ. No one else can relate to Him in just the same way you do. You can give God a gift that no one else ever can–yourself!
God has a specific plan for your spiritual life. He will always lead you in accordance with the teachings of the Church. But the Church gives us wide berth in spiritual matters. There have been saints from nearly every walk of life. Reading their teachings and life stories, you may find a kindred spirit. Encountering the spirituality of a religious order, your heart may answer, “Yes!” Or you might weave together Catholic wisdom from many sources to create a new pattern.
The members of Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network are committed to helping you develop your spiritual idiolect–your secret language for heart-to-heart talks with God.
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Share with us: What is your spiritual idiolect and how did you discover or develop it?
This post was simultaneously published at Contemplative Homeschool.