Knowing Faith, Experiencing Faith

This sermon was delivered by the Rev. Kyle Seibert at Our Savior Lutheran Church & Campus Ministry on Sunday, May 27,2018, Holy Trinity Sunday. The readings and Psalm were Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17.

Grace and peace to you from the Triune God.

When I was in college, I was introduced to the concept of a spiritual director. These are people who specialize in walking with another person as they grow in their own spirituality. A spiritual director helps their directee identify and listen to the activity of God in their life, and then helps their directee respond to God’s presence in their life. Those seeking spiritual direction often meet with their director regularly to talk, discern, pray, and be challenged to grow in their faith. I’m not sure if a spiritual director would like me to say this, but I often categorize spiritual direction as a sort of “spiritual therapy.” Spiritual direction is often a strong presence in Roman Catholic communities, so it is no surprise that I found myself engaged with my first spiritual director when I was a student at Boston College, a Jesuit Roman Catholic institution.

When I moved to Chicago, I knew that I wanted to find a spiritual director for myself. I knew that it was important to my spiritual health and it held me accountable to be aware of the presence of God in my life. I did my research, shot off a few emails, and made a few phone calls. Eventually, I was speaking on the phone with a woman who would be my spiritual director for my three years in Chicago. Sister Jane was a Dominican nun and we chatted on the phone about myself, about her style, and tried to see if we might be a good match for one another. It felt oddly like a first date over the phone. But then, Sister Jane said something to me that sticks with me to this day, and cuts like a knife. She said, “It sounds like you know quite an awful lot about God, but maybe what you really need is to know God.”… Continue reading Knowing Faith, Experiencing Faith