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This was one long talk! I gave it as three separate one-hour talks for an all-day RCIA retreat, and felt a real excitement about the adventure of growing up ‘unto Christ’ among those new Catholics and their sponsors.
What does it mean to ‘grow up unto Christ’, and how do we actually accomplish it? How do we deal with Scripture’s admonition to ‘become like little children’, while growing more mature? What does freedom look like, and why don’t more people desire it?
How is the spiritual life connected with all the other things we must learn as we grow up? I presented a simple, 1-2-3 model for the Turning, Engaging, and Acting we must do continually in order to participate in the work God does to raise us up.
Though it is simple, it’s quite rich in metaphors and cross-connections. I may have to turn this one into a book one of these days! I’m sure it informed Souls at Work, and was certainly informed by Souls at Rest, but isn’t the same as either one. It is fascinating to me to watch God write books in my life, and then write life into my books. It makes me wonder how anyone does write without also having opportunities like this to talk, as well.