by Howard Hain
In spiritual matters, weight training principles often apply:
Without sufficient resistance, strength won’t increase.
Resistance is then not only something to be tolerated, it’s to be seen as necessary, as something desirable:
Without proper resistance, real growth won’t take place.
In fact, the more resistance the better, as long as we maintain good positioning and form, eat and drink properly, and get enough off-time and rest.
In spiritual terms, these conditions easily translate: 1) Stay close to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and receive the Body and Blood of Christ with a grateful heart; 2) Remain in the Word of God and actively do the will of the Father; 3) Live a life of mental prayer—residing continually in “your inner room”—where we encounter the Divine Presence and lovingly adore the One True Source of all existence.
Let us then not be fools and seek shortcuts. Let us put aside all fads and worldly ways. Let us instead properly train, keeping in sight, and practice, the very basics:
To build strength, we need resistance.
Accept resistance then in every form—obstacles, roadblocks, annoyances, ridicule, mockery, difficulties, delays…
Accept it all as if directly delivered to you from the personal-training hand of God.
Accept it willingly, thankfully, even joyfully, as if weight added to the bar—as part of perfectly planned resistance—individually and specifically designed to increase moral strength and spiritual stature.