Paula has a great quote today on one of our most insidious spiritual pitfalls. It is entirely possible to seek God, to seek spirituality, even to seek perfection in the wrong way.
We live in a consumer culture. We are supposed to have all kinds of things: the right clothes, the right car, the right kind of security for the future. It's easy to think of God and spirituality in these terms; God becomes one more thing we are supposed to have and enjoy. And there are plenty of people who are prepared to sell you some spirituality as if it were a commodity to be enjoyed like beer or books.
God is not one more thing, one more good alongside the goods of the world! God is not in competition with the ordinary goods of human life! Anyone with any experience of the ascesis of prayer knows that God will not be possessed like money or things. As soon as we notice and think, "I am having a wonderful spiritual experience," it's gone.
Prayer and spirituality don't get us anything. They don't give us anything we can depend on for security or put on our resume to impress anybody. If anything, real prayer convinces us of our littleness, our insignificance, our natural call to humility. If we aren't greedy for faith or spiritual experiences, we can accept this gratefully because we only need God to be good. We're on our way to learning something about holy poverty.