The spiritual life, and Lent for that matter, is a journey. We learn, we grow, we try new things. And because it’s a journey that we can’t step away from, it’s not always easy to see the big picture.
There are natural (or supernatural) ebbs and flows, times of consolation and times of desolation. Often, we simply need to ride the tides, basking in consolation and sticking it out through desolation.
However, there are also times when we need to adjust our course. We might think that we’re feeling dryness in our prayer, but it’s quite possible that we’ve started down a path that simply isn’t working.
And, it times like this, we need to get back to the basics.
I, myself, need to relearn this lesson. After we’re exposed to new ‘things,’ whether that’s new prayers, different devotions, more challenging sacrifices, etc., it’s easy to keep chasing the next shiny object (metaphorically speaking). Growing is obviously extremely important, but, the danger is that we drift away from the basics, the very things that helped us advance further along the spiritual path in the first place.
It’s important that we ask ourselves what are those basics? I think answers may very slightly, but across the board the foundation of our spiritual life is prayer. Start there.
Commit to making time every day to spend in prayer. No matter our spiritual progress, prayer will always be a part of our lives. So, get used to it.