During one of the annual retreats early on in my seminary formation we were encouraged to make a resolution at the end of our five days of prayer and meditation.
The bishop who lead us on retreat said something like: "You have a limited amount of time in your life and in your so only read the best books!" I took this to heart and made the resolution to spend 15 minutes a day reading "the best" spiritual books.
I always wondered how priests could have bookshelves filled with books but I've discovered over the years that by reading this little bit every day, I have created quite a library for myself.
I am constantly reading spiritual books that keep me inspired. And if I ever hear anyone recommend a book or tell me they loved a book I add it to my list.
I write this with all humility because I never considered myself a reader. I remember freshman year of high school proudly dropping an English class because I thought it had way too much readings. I say this to encourage you. Maybe you think "I'm not a reader." Honestly though, can you read? That is all you need.
To advance our spiritual life, we should utilize all practices, means, and methods in order to do so, right?
Like a runner with good cleats, a construction worker with his or her work helmet or a photographer with an excellent camera and lenses, we as Catholic men and women need to be well-equipped with the right tools in order to truly be followers of Christ.
This being said, one of the greatest tools you can equip yourself with is the habit of daily spiritual reading.