|This is a photo taken at the Shrine at Chimayo, New Mexico. An interior shot would have been nice to have, but I was pretty sure hell awaited me if I violated their no photo policy.|
Catholica Australia has a great thread going about the spiritual goal of Catholicism. I have my own thoughts about what that might be, but I'm more interested in what readers of this blog think. In my own journey, one of the things that has made Jesus unique amongst spiritual teachers is both his emphasis on love, and how that manifests in healing. I suspect that's why I was thrown head long into Native American Spirituality, because that spirituality also places healing very high up the list of spiritual manifestation. I wrote earlier this year about the placebo effect. It seems that the placebo effect is a more random application of what is a direct intention in some spiritual practices. That actually makes some sense, given that Western science, the philosophical paradigm we mostly operate from, is essentially based on the probability curve. In other words, a spiritual/quantum type of healing happens, but rather than being expressed as the fruit of a spiritual system, it's manifested as a function of randomness. One would hope that eventually those of us who call ourselves Christian will understand healing is much more effective from a position of love, rather than randomness. But healing is only one aspect of spirituality. Compassion and love are the real issues.
In any event, here is the link to the Catholica thread. Please feel free to comment on this same question on this blog.