Counter-Dynamics: Cultural Influences

We like to think of ourselves as independent thinkers who act freely as we see fit. But the culture we live in has a greater effect on us than we’d like to think, and in a way that can make us resist God’s work in us. Let’s take a look. Six Common Cultural Trends  Self-centrismContinue reading “Counter-Dynamics: Cultural Influences”

Counter-Dynamics: Attachments & Distractions

Q: After sin, what is the most common obstacle to advancement in the spiritual life? A: Attachments! What in the world is an attachment? I’m attached to my wife, my kids, and my dog. Does this mean I need to leave them and go to a monastery if I want to grow closer to God?Continue reading “Counter-Dynamics: Attachments & Distractions”

Counter-Dynamics: Obstacles to Spiritual Vitality and What You Can Do About Them

Ongoing conversion is necessary for spiritual vitality, and the Holy Spirit works in us to bring about this conversion. If we have received the Spirit through the sacraments, should we not, then, experience ongoing growth? What holds us back? Counter-dynamics! A counter-dynamic (my term and not the Church’s) is anything that creates resistance to conversion.Continue reading “Counter-Dynamics: Obstacles to Spiritual Vitality and What You Can Do About Them”