nutritional needs

“Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us.
Both are good when both are possible.
Otherwise, prayer is better than reading.”

St. Isidore of Seville


(the bottle arsenal / Julie Cook / 2017)

We are living in a hyper-focused time of food and nutrition.
Superfoods, trendy foods, diet foods…each abound.
What’s in, what’s out, what’s hot, what’s not…
Protein, fats, carbs, sugars…fried, sauteed, raw, whole, vegetarian, vegan, carnivore…
soy, soba, matcha, chia, ancient grains, wheat, gluten…

On and on goes the list.

Thin is dangerously in while obesity quietly plagues the West.

As an educator, I knew first hand the importance of our students receiving proper nutrition.
Not all of our kids received three square meals a day…meals that were portioned,
nutritional conscious, or filling.

An unfed body houses an unfed brain…
And an unfed brain equates to delayed growth potential and lower performance standards both
physically, mentally and eventually educationally.

We know that in order for a child’s brain to properly develop and to develop well—children
need good brain food–good nutrition.

So why should nutrition be any different for a believer of Christ?

As a Believer, we need to nourish our minds, hearts, bodies and souls…

We need to read and digest holy Scriture
We need to fill our beings with prayer..
as we season our lives with the words of those saints and martyrs who
have each set the standard of faithful living

“This God of all goodness has made those things easy which are common and necessary
in the order of nature, such as breathing, eating, and sleeping.
No less necessary in the supernatural order are love and fidelity,
therefore it must needs be that the difficulty of acquiring them is by no means
so great as is generally represented.
Review your life.
Is it not composed of innumerable actions of very little importance?
Well, God is quite satisfied with these.
They are the share that the soul must take in the work of its perfection.”

Jean-Pierre de Caussade, p.7
An Excerpt From
Abandonment to Divine Providence

10 comments on “nutritional needs

  1. Citizen Tom says:

    Garbage in, garbage out is not just a computer programming issue. It is a people programming problem too. When we grow up poorly taught or instilled with faulty ideological beliefs, before we can learn what we should, we must unlearn what is not true.

    Here is an example. In the South, before the Civil War, the People learned that it was both right and proper to enslave Negros. It took a violent civil war and another hundred years before the people of the South (and much of the North too) began to accept a self-evident truth, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    Ultimately, we each have an obligation to do our best to seek the truth.

    Jeremiah 5:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    Jerusalem’s Godlessness

    5 “Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
    And look now and take note.
    And seek in her open squares,
    If you can find a man,
    If there is one who does justice, who seeks [a]truth,
    Then I will pardon her.

  2. Wally Fry says:

    Rarely would we skip our physical nutrition. We certainly make a point, spend the time and even spend the money to ensure we are well fed from the food we eat. Yet, we seem to not even think that our spiritual nutrition matters just as much. 

  3. Lynda says:

    What an array of equipment for a wee baby – and the bottle-feeding equipment is just one little portion! We take care of our children’s physical health as conscientiously as we possible can. How are we at taking care of their spiritual health? I know that we can do our very best and then we have to let go and they need to find their own way to their journey to our Lord. That is difficult for us indeed!

    • And it has taken all three of us!!!!—Autumn is still thinking the time to be wide eyed awake is all night…Gregory came up today and picked me up—I’m home for two nights—washing my clothes and changing things out—then I’ll be back up Tuesday—it seems this wee one takes a small army 🙂
      Abby had to end breastfeeding due to mastitis and an abcess–she’s been running a fever throughout much of the week but saw the doctor again who switched up the antibiotic and now seems to be feeling better…I cried the whole ride home 🙂

  4. What a perfectly apropos analogy, Julie! At first we need the milk of the Word and then, in time, we are ready for the solid meat of the Word. And of course, prayer accompanies the Word oh so well! 🙂 beautiful post! ❤️ And hugs!!

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