Last night, I got home after dark because I was out clubbing. Â The the book club at my parish was reading Mary and Me, Â and they invited me to come to their meeting. Â Â 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. Â People passed around rosaries and favorite Â images of Mary and even a small vial of holy water from Lourdes. Â One woman read a beautiful poem that she wrote about the Blessed Mother. Â 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. Â Â 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. Â It doesn’t happen often enough these days, alas; attending a regular faith-sharing group, like exercising and vacuuming the blinds, Â is one of those great ideas that never seem to go anywhere with me.
That’s why last night was so welcome. Â If my spiritual life were Â a flowerbed, the book club discussion was like a good, deep soak of Miracle-Gro. Â It is the kind of experience that keeps my faith alive and blooming.
Do you talk about your faith with others? Â Does it happen casually, or in a formal faith-sharing group, or on a blog? Â How does it enrich your spiritual life?