Training vs. Working Out

Inspired by the diligence of professional athletes and St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, Fr. Mike encourages us to approach our prayer life—and life in general—with a goal and sense of purpose. Getting physically in shape requires more than just a casual workout, and getting spiritually in shape requires more than going through the motions of our religion.

Fr. Mike is also a presenter in these faith formation programs from Ascension:

Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God
Chosen: This is Your Catholic Faith
Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed
YOU: Life, Love and the Theology of the Body


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  • Fr. Mike,

    This video really speaks to me. I have worked as a Special Forces soldier and am currently a Physician Assistant student, so the idea of following a dedicated, goal oriented training program is something I am familiar with. The question I have is about how that can relate directly to the spiritual life. Right now I have a regular, dedicated daily prayer time, but it feels more like exercising than working out.

    The first thing you have to do in order to design a training program is to quantify your goal and define the benchmarks that will indicate you are making progress. For example, in order to pass PA school I need to know 80% of a given list of topics. In order to deadlift 500 Lbs, I need to hit 375 solidly, before I can move to 400, before I can move to 415, and so on.

    You talk about coming to know the heart of God, but is that something that can be quantified? And if so, what are the benchmarks?

    In Christ,
    Ryan Kraeger

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