Saturday, August 28, 2010



Dave Csinos cited in his blog a video by Sir Ken Robinson about Schools killing creativity. See Link
The following quotation struck me as a priest, a man, a husband, a citizen, a friend, a father and a grandfather.

So, spirituality isn't something that we achieve-it's a gift from God that is woven into the very fabric of our innermost being. That is why we speak of spiritual formation and not spiritual creation. We can't create a spiritual capacity in anyone. But we can help to form it. We can provide opportunities for children and youth to have spirit-to-Spirit connections with the One who gave them the gift of spirituality. Spirituality is something that can change, grow, and form. But it can also wither and fade away. To paraphrase Robinson's words "We don't grow into spirituality. We grow out of it. Or rather we get educated out of it."

One idea stood out to me.
Spirituality is formed (God created it.) I can form a spiritual life (mine or another's) well or poorly. I can help it bloom or screw it up. The spirit is not something only the lucky or the persistent or the smart have. We all have the raw materials of the spiritual life. It is what we MAKE OF IT. Forming the spirit of a child is stewardship.
What will you do today to invest in the formation the spirit of a child in your life?

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