Here are some spiritual direction tidbits for all of us during this prolonged bad economy. I hope they help.
- If your personal/family finances are doing OK then it is time to be very grateful to the Lord and to be as generous as you can to those who are in need. One never knows when the floor can fall out beneath us, so be grateful to the Lord and pray for those who are facing hard times. The spiritual dynamic here is that when in a state of consolation, enjoy the consolation, but store up a spiritual reserve for the day when desolation comes. Almsgiving (giving to the poor) is one of the most potent forms of spiritual weaponry.
- If your personal/family finances are tanking, then know that you have entered upon a time of desolation. In times of desolation we tend to make bad decisions, so invite the Lord in on every decision, not only on finances but especially on giving in to the desire to blame someone, either yourself or others. If you made bad decisions, then learn from the mistakes and move on. If a loved made poor decisions, then voice the issue as you see it and then move on. Do not stay in the blame game. Fix the problem. Don’t make it worse. Seek out the best wisdom you can find, from people whose judgment you respect. And do not cave in to the tendency to sit on a pity pot, or become bitter or fearful, or worried about what other people might think. As the Lord said, “Fear is useless, when is needed now is trust.”
- Whether you are in good times or in hard times, it’s a time for all of us to learn a greater degree of trust in Divine Providence. And Divine Providence may be suggesting that we all need to learn some new virtues, like the value of being frugal, saving for a rainy day, being generous, and steering clear of consumerism.
- Many people allow money worries to steal their peace of mind. If there is something to be learned, then learn it. But we should have much greater concern about our salvation and the state of our souls than the state of our 401 (k).