The Irish Celts, a rural people, did not assume that the physical was the enemy of the spiritual. Rather, in their world view, physical activities supported spiritual practice. For example, as monks walked for visitation, they chanted Psalms. A comparable practice in our time would be to use our cell phone for calling up Scripture passages we wish to memorize and meditate upon, or to have a page of Scripture verses on the passenger seat of our car for reference at stop lights.
In June of 2015, I experienced a vacation that gave me a whole new connection with God. It changed our relationship from black and white to colour; we went from being acquaintances, neighbours, business partners to having a close friendship, as warm as the sun on my face, as life-giving as the air I breathe.
How do we, in twenty-first century Canada, find time to seriously be with God?