It’s important to share

Last night, I got home after dark because I was out clubbing.  The the book club at my parish was reading Mary and Me,  and they invited me to come to their meeting.    And as it turns out, the evening was exactly what I needed.

Meg, the leader, had the great idea to invite people to bring a special Mary object from home if they wanted to share.  People passed around rosaries and favorite  images of Mary and even a small vial of holy water from Lourdes.  One woman read a beautiful poem that she wrote about the Blessed Mother.  It was a great evening of sharing stories and thoughts and questions, and it reminded me yet again of what a spiritual shot in the arm it is to talk about faith with other people.    I love hearing others’ journeys — that’s really what Mary and Me is all about, in fact — and I always come away feeling as though my prayer life has been given a boost.  It doesn’t happen often enough these days, alas; attending a regular faith-sharing group, like exercising and vacuuming the blinds,  is one of those great ideas that never seem to go anywhere with me.

That’s why last night was so welcome.  If my spiritual life were  a flowerbed, the book club discussion was like a good, deep soak of Miracle-Gro.   It is the kind of experience that keeps my faith alive and blooming.

Do you talk about your faith with others?   Does it happen casually, or in a formal faith-sharing group, or on a blog?  How does it enrich your spiritual life?

2 responses to “It’s important to share

  1. First of all- what a great idea! Not just having a book club meeting about your beautiful book, but to bring the Mary items as well. Love that!

    I’m glad that you had such a good experience, and I can only imagine that it was great for the group as well! The whole garden was alive I’m sure, bursting with flower, color and fragrance. (My Miracle-Gro will never look the same to me again!)

    I am in a small faith sharing group, which formed the bedrock of my friendships when I moved here five years ago, not knowing anyone but my husband, step-daughter and a college roommate. And yes – I do a lot of fiath sharing on my blog and Facebook page, as you know! And all of it is a great gift that nurtures and enriches my faith tremendously.

    P.S. The social media portion brought me into friendship with you, what a great gift that has been, enriching for my faith and for my life!

    Thank you!

  2. I’m so grateful for you, too, Fran — your words are a regular infusion of Miracle-Gro into my faith life!