> Spiritual Growth
There are 4 questions in this category.
How can I grow spiritually? I'm trying to pray, repent, confess, take communion; but I feel like I'm not moving forward. I may read a spiritual book and then feel excited to follow what the book says. However, this excitement only lasts for a few days after which I go back to who I was. Please can you lead me?
I am going through a very positive spiritual stage; and I need much guidance so that I can continue and persevere. How do I truly benefit from, strengthen my prayers, and grow positively in them? How should I read the Holy Bible to benefit from it the most? What is the appropriate way to speak to God and how is it that I can converse with Him and feel His presence at all times? When I am tempted to commit any sin, how should I go about overcoming it? How do I overcome Satan when he tries to discourage; me or prevent me from continuing to draw closer to God? How does one remain humble after feeling God's presence? I would greatly appreciate both the practical and the spiritual methods for doing such things.
My desire was always to grow spiritually. I thought what was hindering me was my confessor father (henceforth referred to by Abouna #1); so I went to Abouna #2. However, in spite of the fact that I learned a lot from him, I have lost simplicity and humbleness. With #1, and because of his style, I grew spiritually without effort. I was joyful and always wanting to seek God and staying blameless. Abouna #2 tends to deal with things rather emotionally. However, I told myself to just stay a period with #2 before going back to #1. I am beginning to question my motives: am I really seeking God and monasticism for their own sake; or was it just the atmosphere my #1 provided that made me do that. Also, #2 is very verbal and talks about people and praises their good works openly. I feel my spiritual life is going down the hill. I could easily go long periods of time without praying the Agpeya at all. I don't fear anymore because I only used to, due to Abouna #1 making me fear. I do not know what to do. I know for sure that going back to #1 will change things. However, do I practice spiritual growth for Abouna's sake or for God's? What does Your Grace think is the more proper way of dealing with this situation?
What is Your Grace's advice to anyone whose spiritual life is never "getting off the ground" in terms of repentance and spiritual growth.
Ask A Question
©2018 Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States. All Rights Reserved.