From where does your faith education and formation come? Maybe it’s from listening attentively to the homily at Mass each week. Maybe it’s from reading about the lives of the saints. Or, maybe it’s by participating in a prayer group.
Whatever you do to enrich your faith formation and to draw closer to Christ, it’s essential to do it regularly. And, most importantly, it’s vital that you don’t simply rely on your own interpretations of the things you learn. St. John of the Cross has some wise words for those who try to fend for themselves when it comes to spiritual learning: “He who has himself as spiritual director has an idiot for a disciple.”
Often, we believe we already know all there is to know about our faith. We get comfortable in our own habits of praying or attending bible studies, and we sometimes forget these vehicles are meant to draw us closer to Christ by increasing our knowledge of our faith. After all, carrying a bible under your arm doesn’t teach you anything if you don’t open it up and read it.
Double check your faith “IQ” and make certain you aren’t remaining stagnant. And, most certainly, it’s crucial to seek out the wisdom of a faith expert to ensure you are learning Christ’s word and not following your own.