What Does it Mean to Be Spiritual AND Religious? (The Inner Life with Patrick Conley)

Patrick Conley talks with Fr. John Paul Erickson on a topic that’s been buzzing for decades: “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” But hold on! Fr. Erickson dives deep to explain why being religious is just as crucial as being spiritual. 🕊️

Listen to the full episode for a deeper dive into why being both spiritual and religious can transform your faith journey! 🎧✨


Religion as a Virtue:
Fr. Erickson sheds light on how religion is more than just rituals. It’s a virtue of justice, where we give God His due honor. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, it’s about fulfilling our obligations to God with ease and worthiness. 🌟

The Justice of Worship:
Our duties to God, including attending Sunday Mass, are not just for personal gain but because God deserves it. He’s given us everything, and our worship is a matter of justice. ⚖️

Balancing Spirituality and Religion:
Patrick and Fr. Erickson discuss the common objection: “I can worship God on a nature walk.” While this acknowledges spirituality, Fr. Erickson emphasizes that God has shown us specific ways He wants to be worshipped, particularly through the Mass. 🌲⛪

Overcoming Distrust:
They tackle the modern skepticism toward organized religion, often seen as hypocritical or merely man-made. Fr. Erickson acknowledges the real challenges and moral failures but urges a deeper understanding of the divine directives given by God Himself. 💔🙏

Hear from caller Marcus who shares his faith upbringing as he struggles to understand how religion is not just man-made rituals. Father encourages him to consider how the Catholic Church was instituted by Jesus, not some random person.

Making Faith Attractive:
Morna from Orange County stresses the importance of authentic Christian living. It’s about embodying love, joy, and holiness to be a true living witness of the Gospel.

Key Takeaway:
Being “just spiritual” is a start, but it’s not the full picture. Religion, in its true form, is about justice, community, and following the guidance given to us. It’s about transforming that spiritual spark into a blazing fire of faith that honors God and enriches our lives. 🔥🙌

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Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.