After examining these key four areas, you will be better prepared to weather the storms of life.
Navigating the spiritual life is not an easy endeavor. Often we are tossed this way and that by various internal and external difficulties, leading to a troubled spiritual life.
French Trappist monk Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard wrote in his popular book The Soul of the Apostolate about four essential spiritual areas that need to be examined on a regular basis. He writes about them in the context of spiritual direction, instructing priests on how to lead a soul closer to God.
He explains that each month a spiritual director needs to explore these four areas and evaluate them. If he does, the person’s soul will be better prepared to weather the future storms of life.
Find out if the soul has genuine peace, not simply the peace which the world gives, or the peace that results from absence of struggle. If it has none, try to give the soul…