Throughout the centuries and in all religious traditions innumerable attempts have been made to define spirituality. In 1977 the Council of Scottish Churches gifted us with the following description, “Spirituality is an exploration into what is involved in becoming human. Becoming human is an attempt to grow in sensitivity to self, to others, to non-human creatures and to God who is beyond and within this totality.”

Pondering this description we could say that there are as many spiritualities as there are persons. Some people have the guidance of their specific religious traditions, others fly solo. With or without a guide, each person has to discover his or her own way, hone it, adapt it and be faithful to it. Constantly.

There are some true and tried practices common to various spiritual traditions: daily or weekly meditation; sitting in solitary silence; repetitive prayer; review of the day; journaling; spiritual reading; participation in liturgies and rituals, etc.

In our time, we are becoming ever more conscious of the created universe as the primary manifestation of God. An appropriate practice for our time is to attend with all our hearts to the visible signs of invisible Life present all around us while keeping in mind that true spirituality is fruitful, always for-the-other.