When I was a kid I wanted to be like Michael Jordan (what kid didn't). But copying his moves and emulating his style was never enough to "be like Mike." That's because, beneath Jordan's fantastic performances, were years of hidden discipline and effort that shaped him into the athlete he was. The same is true of Christians, who desire to be like Christ, but are less willing to discipline their lives and do the "hard work" of spiritual formation. But this Lent we are returning to those ancient spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith and realizing that these aren't just for the spiritual elite, the monks and nuns of our day: these disciplines are meant to be the "spiritual workouts" that shape every Christian into the Kingdom of God. This week we begin by examining the discipline of prayer which is the most foundational of all the disciplines. As Richard Foster writes: "To pray is to change."
Canon Robert Hurkmans was the priest at St. James and St. Brendan from 2006 to 2018.