Spiritual Literacy Month – December 2021

Spiritual Literacy Month has been observed every December since 1996. The main aim of the month is to encourage us to read at least one book on spirituality. This December, we can all open up our minds and at the same time deepen our faith by reading books about spirituality, faith, or religion. Remember, we can be spiritual without being religious. Whether you’re religious, spiritual, or just curious about increasing your knowledge, pick up a spiritual book to read this month to learn more about what awakens the souls of people around you.

History of Spiritual Literacy Month

Spiritual Literacy Month was founded by Frederic and Mary Brussat in 1996. It stemmed from their devotion and personal respect for the religious inclination of every person. Frederic and his wife (who are both authors) started encouraging people around them to read spiritual books on different religions as they felt this would equip them with knowledge of the world’s religions and, in turn, help them gain insight into the peculiarities of the spiritual traditions that are associated with them.

Spiritual Literacy Month is observed in virtually every country in the world. This observance was called “reading the book of the world” by the medieval Catholic monks. Islamic adherents believe that everything happening inside and outside of us is a message, a letter to be read. In history, the Israelites were able to navigate their way through the wilderness by “reading signs”.

The history of spiritual literacy is deeply rooted in the story of humanity, from creation through the present age. However, at different points in history, there have been various notable figures who championed the course of educating and encouraging people to embrace the practice of spirituality. Before the concept of religion came about, there have been diverse ways that people devised to communicate with their maker. Also, different systems determine the manner of spirituality like it is seen in modern-day diversity. Even if you aren’t a deeply spiritual person, you can embark on this journey to connect to something bigger than yourself, and to learn more about why people believe what they do.

Spiritual Literacy Month timeline

30 A.D.
Early Christianity

Christianity begins with the ministry of Jesus, ending with the First Council of Nicaea.

1517
Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther, a German monk, begins the Protestant Reformation and becomes one of the most influential figures in the history of Christianity.

1678
The Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan’s Christian allegory, now considered to be one of the most significant and remarkable works of theological, religious fiction in English literature, is published.

1900s
Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa, a nun and missionary, founds the Order of the Missionaries of Charity and dedicates her life to helping the poor and preaching the gospel.

Spiritual Literacy Month FAQs

How do I observe Spiritual Literacy Month?

The best way to observe a Spiritual Literacy Month is to spend time reading spiritual books for the edification and upliftment of your soul.

Is reading a spiritual activity?

Reading is a spiritual act as it opens our minds to a whole lot of new things. By reading spiritual books, our mind gets preoccupied with a new paradigm.

What is the value of spirituality?

Spirituality is connected to crucial aspects of human functioning — spiritual people are more likely to have positive relationships, high self-esteem, be optimistic, and have meaning and purpose in life. 

How To Celebrate Spiritual Literacy Month

  1. Read a spiritual book

    Do you love the idea of being spiritually blessed? Why not pick up a spiritual book this season and read to fill the wave of the blessings that come with communing with your maker.

  2. Volunteer

    As a way of observing Spiritual Literacy Month, volunteer to teach and enlighten others about your spiritual values. You can also take time out to visit spiritual gatherings to participate in spiritual activities.

  3. Proclaim love for all

    Peace is what the world needs; and what a great way to proclaim peace and love during this celebration. Proclaim your love for your neighbors from other religions.

5 Fun Facts About Spiritual Literacy Month

  1. The founders wrote a spiritual book

    Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat co-authored a book with the title “Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life”.

  2. Secular spirituality

    This is used to refer to a form of spirituality that appears in non-religious contexts.

  3. Four types of spirituality

    There are four types of spirituality, namely ascetical, mystical, prophetic practical, and active practical.

  4. Spirituality is non-religious

    The concept of religion has moved past the boundaries of religiosity to other sectors such as business, legal practice, and healthcare.

  5. Spiritual literacy is transformational

    Spiritual literacy can include meditation, contemplations, and resolutions, which all transform the life of a person.

Why We Love Spiritual Literacy Month

  1. Good for the soul of man

    Your mind can be uplifted, refreshed, and rejuvenated by reading a spiritual book. Reading a holy book can offer you a deep, soul-searching experience and connection with your creator.

  2. It’s an educative experience

    Learning about other people’s spiritual perspectives and ideals makes it easy to understand them. In addition, you’ll get a robust knowledge of others' spiritual way of life.

  3. Deepens our faith and belief

    Reading spiritual books opens us up to an entirely new world. Meditating upon sacred words awakens our minds spiritually and mentally, deepening our faith and beliefs.

Spiritual Literacy Month dates

YearDateDay
2021December 1Wednesday
2022December 1Thursday
2023December 1Friday
2024December 1Sunday
2025December 1Monday

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