“We should know that a spiritual life without discipline is impossible. Discipline is the other side of discipleship. The practice of a spiritual discipline makes us more sensitive to the small, gentle voice of God”—Henri J.M. Nouwen.
What is spiritual discipline?
A spiritual discipline is the concentrated effort to create some inner and outer space in our life where obedience can be practiced.
Through a spiritual discipline, we prevent the world from filling our lives to such an extent that there is no place left to listen.
A spiritual discipline sets us free to pray.
The practice of spiritual discipline makes us more sensitive to the small, gentle voice of God and spiritual opportunities, e.g., Mary.
A spiritual discipline puts us at the feet of Jesus to listen to Him and to commune with Him. A spiritual discipline, therefore, becomes a step to building a friendship with God.