All the spiritual practices in the world do nothing apart from proper perception.

In his work, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered, Wilhoit writes that the size of our perception of the cross has everything to do with a correct understanding of God's infinite holiness and our utter sinfulness. To the degree that we downplay either one, our perception of the cross shrinks.

Wilhoit goes on to say that, the size of our perception of the cross determines how much transformational grace we receive. If we do not think we need that much grace, we will not be in a place to receive that grace and we will not be transformed. If we are not being transformed, the first place to look is not in our practices but in our perceptions.

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