You don't want to simply practice a piety that is antiquated, or that
causes you to feel guilty for what you have and have not done in your
life. But, when you feel spiritual, you will naturally be led to embrace
a practice of piety. Religious piety does not have to be a straightjacket.
There is an immense amount of freedom in how you give voice and substance
to the spiritual longing you feel within. Perhaps your piety will involve
simple silence and centering. Perhaps it will be lived out in the way
that you show care and compassion to others. Perhaps you will articulate
it through the way that you pray and surrender yourself to the God who
loves you with infinite constancy. Perhaps you will manifest it through
embracing such virtues as patience, kindness, truthfulness, or unconditional love.
doesn't mean simply surrendering yourself to a church institution.
Rather, being religious is choosing to live a life that honors and
claims the relationship with God that your soul so deeply craves. And
you may find that sharing the journey with others in a church community
will help you live that life with authenticity and joy.
it all right to be spiritual without being religious?"
by the Rev. Renée Miller
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