When you think of spiritual perfection, do you ever consider where your journey toward perfection begins? I mean in terms of the human person—you know, the body and soul and all that constitutes them—where does the journey begin? You might be surprised when I tell you this, but the journey actually begins through the senses. Why the senses? Because the senses are the place where all human persons begin their interaction with being (reality).
Welcome to Luminous Tradition!
Luminous Tradition brings together faithful lay Catholics to discover and develop a practice of meditative reading, self-examination, and prayer in order to strive for spiritual perfection within the Catholic Tradition.
We pray for our members and give prayer a prominent place on the way to spiritual perfection. Some of the most common prayer intentions people have are listed below. Click on the prayer intention that best describes your needs to discover useful prayers and practical tips on cooperating with God for that intention.
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As a member, you’ll receive access to member-only blog posts on our website, and you’ll receive access to our online community.
Once you have access to our online community, we’ll connect you with others who want to excel on the way of salvation and reach the heights of spiritual perfection.
As your hosts, we’ve identified topics (based on Scripture, the Catechism, and the spiritual writings of saints such as St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross) that are fundamental for anyone who wants to turn away from sin, build virtue, open up to God in prayer, and find peace knowing that you are doing God’s will and following Christ’s call. You’ll find these topics inside the community, where we consider a different topic each month, and you’ll have the opportunity to consider your own life in light of the weekly reflections we provide and the ideas, stories, and questions offered by other members.
We are dedicated to maintaining a positive, supportive environment inside the community as we work our way through topics that aren’t always easy to understand or navigate and as we work together to implement what we learn and make progress on the path to spiritual perfection.
- have a private place of spiritual refuge away from politics and away from the noise that comes with free social media platforms (we do not allow content that is inflammatory or politically-charged material that derails or disturbs the other members)
- follow a monthly theme that focuses the community’s conversation on fundamental areas of the spiritual life (e.g., divine mercy, being merciful, the virtues, indulgences, penance and offering up suffering, living the message of Our Lady of Fatima)
- have companions to go along with on the way of salvation as you strive for spiritual perfection
- examine your life (your decisions, your actions, your thoughts and attitudes) in a prayerful way through questions and articles that prompt you to consider your life in light of Catholic teaching, Scripture, the saints, and experiences and ideas shared by other members
- find energy and peace for your soul
- have a place to share your insights and ask the community for feedback on your questions and insights from spiritual writings that you read (e.g., writings from saints, Church Fathers, Church documents), or provide feedback for others who share and ask questions based on what they read
- find a place in the community where you can share your prayer intentions with other members and let them know when you are praying for them
- make better decisions in your spiritual life about what is most important to you
Attaining spiritual perfection and union with God requires doing things we at first don't want to do. One of these things is letting go of attachments that keep us from doing what God calls us to. We often don't recognize what we are attached to, but the spiritual life requires identifying these attachments as we strive for spiritual perfection and union with God. This is sort of a silly example, but maybe you discern that God is calling you to learn how to paint, but you really like watching TV in your free time even when nothing particularly edifying is on.
If someone asked you to explain the Church’s teaching on purgatory, how would you describe it? Perhaps you would mention that purgatory is a place that removes a person’s imperfections and bad habits before reaching heaven. You might mention that people here on earth can pray for the souls in purgatory who are part of the "Church Suffering." These souls suffer flames with love and long for God. But would you also mention that people have the opportunity for purgation here in this life?
I recently posted the following question in our community: what is the number one thing you could do today to show mercy toward someone who hurt you? What surprised me was not the answers I read from other members, but my own. I had to think about this question for a minute. Not only was I feeling that the possibilities were restricted by physical distance, like living in different places, but I also wanted to choose something I would actually do; otherwise, the question-and-answer process would be a waste of time.
Suffering is supposed to be redemptive, but we often fail to think of its redemptive nature when we're in the midst of suffering. We concentrate on the physical, emotional, or mental pain, sometimes crumble under the weight of the pain (either physically or spiritually), and ultimately, if the pain continues for long enough, break. St. John of the Cross wisely advises us on how to suffer: In tribulation, immediately draw near to God with trust, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.