Fanning the Flames…
It can be a difficult task to manage the flames of our spiritual life:
Then Isaiah speaks boldly and says: “I was found (by) those who were not seeking me; I revealed myself to those who were not asking for me.” But regarding Israel he says, “All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contentious people.” -Romans 10:20-21, NAB
Have you ever noticed how “on fire” most new converts are? As a site dedicated to those going through RCIA, I feel that this is an important topic, both for new converts and those who have been Catholic for much longer.
Whether you converted 5, 10, or 15 years ago, or if you are a Cradle Catholic, it is easy to slip into a routine. We throw our faith on auto-pilot and expect God to take it from there. Unfortunately, God will supply us the fuel, but we have to keep flying the plane.
For recent converts, their faith is new and exciting. This is fantastic, and it is great to see people wanting to learn more about the faith. One thing to beware of is spiritual burnout. Growing in faith is a gradual process, and we cannot expect to be theological scholars overnight.
The key to a good spiritual life is to develop that steady burning fire inside of us. If we burn too hot, we tend to burn out as quickly as we caught fire. If we don’t burn enough, the flame will eventually go out altogether. I can attest to this from my own personal experience.
My journey started as a Protestant that was “on fire” for God, but it was tough to maintain that flame. Eventually, the flame dwindled until it almost went out. Then, when I was not even searching for Him, God renewed my faith through Catholicism, and I hope to find that good balance of faith that burns steadily.
If you are new to Catholicism, you must learn to find the right balance in your life. For those who have been Catholics for longer, do not forget to tend your fire or the flame will go out. For all Catholics and Christians, God will always supply us enough fuel through the Holy Spirit to keep the flames going, but it is up to us to keep our faith burning brightly.