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Alex Arnold

The Spirituality Spotlight of the week is Liturgy Intern, Alex Arnold. When asked what she has learned from practicing her spirituality, Alex said, "Everyone has an infinitely complex life and being aware of mine helps me be open to others."

What does spirituality mean to you?

AA: To me, spirituality is a highly personal relationship between me and God. It means finding inner peace and joy in the knowledge that I am not alone; I'm cherished and valued by God. As a child, in confession, I was told that I needed to treat myself more kindly. I was confused by the priest at the time, but now I see his point. God calls us to love all of His children, including ourselves.

How do you practice your spirituality on a daily basis?

AA: My practices started as the classic bedtime prayers. I would give thanks for the good things that day and offer up my apprehension for the future. Over time, this morphed into "checking in" with God as a way to find calm when tense, solace when upset, and thanks when happy.

Have you learned anything about yourself through this/these practice(s)?

AA: In doing this, I have become much more aware of my feelings and how they affect those around me. I can much more easily see other people as my siblings in Christ than I used to. Everyone has an infinitely complex life and being aware of mine helps me be open to others.

In what ways do you believe practicing spirituality connects us with something greater than ourselves?

AA: I think that exploring our personal connections to God allows us to better connect to each other. I believe that when people form community, something greater than the sum of those parts is born.