When one of his students said she was spiritual but not religious, Jason Brauninger, SJ, decided to explain why was both. His essay was published on the lively JesuitPost.com site. His main reason?
It’s this: without religion, without a living community of spiritual friends, I simply have no one to hold me up to any standards. There would be no one with a similar set of values or beliefs that could help me become a better person, challenge me to deepen my relationship with God, or even understand me when I have to beg for help from the depths like the psalmist.