“I’m Spiritual, not Religious”

Sunday Mass with my best friend, Jordyn:

We were late, sprinted inside because it’s snowing in April, ran to the bathroom to blow dry Jordyn’s shoes, and on top of that we were SOO hyper (from our big breakfast and coffee prior) and could hardly sit still from our excitement of the massage appointments we had scheduled for after Mass.

I really thought it was going to be one of those Sundays that I day-dreamed the whole time, walked out of church with regret that I didn’t pay attention, & went home to read all the readings over again. I can’t be the only one that does this LOL?

IT WAS TOTALLY THE EXACT OPPOSITE. Despite our immature giggles and spazzy comments to each other, once 1 John 2:1-5a was read, Jordyn and I were seriously in awe.

Those who say, “I know him,” but do not keep his commandments are liars, and the truth is not in them. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. 

Our priest’s homily resonated so greatly with us we couldn’t stop whispering about it. I wish I could have recorded it because what Father said is so important and TRUE!

I’m sure we all know those people who say, “I’m spiritual, not religious.” From reality TV stars to sports figures, being spiritual is considered “cool & hip.” You ask them to explain their perspective and they can’t. Unfortunately, being spiritual is wildly more accepted than being religious, especially within my age group. Maybe it’s because saying your spiritual makes life less controversial?…Easier to fit in because of its extremely vague meaning? Well, apparently Huffington Post knows exactly what is is:

“Spiritual people have discovered there is only one true power and that is inside them and it doesn’t come from an old man with a beard pointing a finger.”

“A spiritual person knows that there is only one truth and they are in fact in charge of their own evolution and destiny.” Article Here

I’m not going to dwell on what’s above…but COME ON, this perspective doesn’t sound very fulfilling to me! I digress…but maybe “spiritual” is straight up laziness! As a religion, Catholicism has difficult and unpopular demands that require sacrifice and effort: love, fidelity, chastity, weekly Mass & holy days, and acceptance of the TRUTHS taught by the Church.

It’s easy to disregard religion as ancient guidelines created by “an old man with a beard.” It’s easy to say you’re “spiritual” and to make up your own truths to follow. It’s easy to be complacent, comfortable, and self-reliant.

If everything pivots on you, yourself, and your own interpretation according to the rules you fashion yourself, then there is no true joy and love of any depth and meaning. The only things left are ephemeral pleasures that last just moments.  Only selflessness brings TRUE joy and happiness, which are mirrored through God’s selfless LOVE for us! I’m not here to bash these “spiritual but not religious” people, but I am here to show the only TRUTH (God’s will) revealed through Christ.

On a different note, LOVE this Embroidered Floral Top for Spring matched with my Denim Cap! I wish I could find a link to these shoes, but they were a thrift store find. Tbh they are super hard to walk in because they’re a size too big…but I couldn’t pass them up!

–Cecilia Jean–

(Photos by Lisa Fergus)


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