Spiritual Practices – Going Deeper

Second Week of Lent. Click here to read or listen to daily reflections for this week.

AA023442In what is perhaps the best-known work on spiritual practices, Celebration of Discipline author Richard Foster observes that “Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

The spiritual practices, or spiritual disciplines, says Foster, call us to move beyond surface living into the depths.

This week in “Practicing Lent 2015,” we begin five weeks of engaging spiritual practices. Each day, Monday through Friday, offers a reflection on a particular practice then invites you to undertake a relevant activity.

In addition, each week begins with a biblical perspective on a particular practice from the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson. This week, John Lewis writes on prayer.

We will continue to alert you on Sunday evenings that the written and audio posts for each day are available. We suggest you keep this post in your email inbox and refer to it each day, or bookmark the  page for each week.

We welcome your comments.

Preparing for Lent

Our diocesan Lenten study – Practicing Lent 2015 – begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18.

In preparation, we invite you to read Introduction to the Spiritual Practices, attached here as a PDF file.

For congregations and small groups, a Guide for Congregations and Small Groups is available, also attached here as a PDF file. But the study is entirely suitable for individual study.

The meditations for Ash Wed, Feb 18 through Friday, Feb 20 have been posted and can be downloaded and printed for congregational study.

If you wish to receive a daily Lenten inspirational thought as a text message on your cell phone, send your name and cell phone number to Marjorie George at marjorie.george@dwtx.org.

We look forward to joining you for Practicing Lent 2015.