As Christians, our spiritual journey constantly brings us back to Jerusalem, to the death and resurrection of Jesus, which gives meaning to all that we do. Strengthened by God’s Spirit we join on the walk to wherever, we share meals, and we tell our stories. We remember. God, as we go along our life’s way, will help us to be aware of His presence with us. He will open our eyes, makes us expectant, eager to be met by Him. We will never complete our spiritual journey.
"Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation; continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path... exactly where you are meant to be right now... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love." –Caroline Adams
Within Christianity, a resurgence of energy and interest in the spiritual life among the Christian laity has occurred. These retreats are designed to foster an authentic Christian spirituality. We will define spirituality as the practice of the presence of God, which manifests the love of God in the midst of the joy and pain of our world. As interest in spirituality grows, people need a reliable guide to distinct Christian spirituality. Christian spirituality refers specifically to those practices that grow out of the theological understandings of those whose chosen path to God is by way of discipleship to Jesus Christ. Christian spirituality describes the whole of the Christian's life. Christian spirituality is an orientation to self-transcending knowledge, freedom, and love. It will illuminate our ultimate values and highest ideals perceived and pursued in the mystery of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit in the Church and practiced in the community of disciples. That is to say, spirituality is concerned with everything that constitutes the Christian experience. It is concerned specifically with the perception and pursuit of the highest ideal or goal of Christian life, which is an ever more intense union with God disclosed in Christ through life in the Spirit.
Susan M. Provost is a Spiritual Director and has a Masters of Arts Degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She is a teacher of religious education and spirituality for both children and adults. She gives workshops called Nourishing Your Soul to local women's groups.