Spiritual Fitness

To be open to the Spirit of the Sacred (aka, God) we must nurture our body, our mind, and our soul or human consciousness which makes us who we are. St. Paul compared spiritual development to a race toward a goal (Phi 3:14). Runner must train to develop and strengthen their energy for a successful run.

The spiritual disciplines (also called dynamics) are the various ways we develop the energy that the Sacred gives us to reach our goal of spiritual maturity. Such dynamics as wisdom, understanding, guidance, fortitude, knowledge, fervor, passion, wonderment, discernment, and awe, cultivate a mature spirituality that results in such human qualities or characteristics as Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, and Self Control.

Physical wellness requires adequate nutrition, exercise, and emotional health.

Mental health consists of self esteem, intelligence, prudence, altruism, perseverance, discipline, resilience, honesty, integrity, and character.

Altogether, this makes us who we are- our Self or Soul, our human consciousness or awareness of the Sacred. We are then capable of being the ultimate conduit of the Sacred presence in the universe. No other creature, or element of creation has this consciousness that enables us to unite to the Sacred which is our fulfillment. The Sacred is the alpha and the omega- that in which we have our beginning, and that in which we end in unity.

“Now faith is the assurance of {things} hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Heb 11:1 Faith is confidence in the power of the Spirit to enhance our consciousness of the Sacred. This then enables us to fulfill the mandate of Jesus–

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others.. Mt 5:14-16

About Dr. Ernie Sherretta, D. Min.

Retired Director of Religious Education for the Catholic Church since 2014, granted a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Charles Seminary, an M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Spiritual Well-Being Counselor
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