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Title: PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY


1
PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY
  • How our spirit enters into communion with God

2
PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY AND PRAYER
  • Spirituality is concerned with how our spirit
    enters into communion with God. It is concerned
    with our "disposition" of spirit in our relation
    with God. E.g. I might want to communicate with
    God by my art - that is a question of prayer
    style.
  • How I make that communication through my art (do
    I seek the God in the world around me or use the
    art to transcend what I see about me, for
    example) is a question of spirituality.

3
STYLES OF PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY
  • Spirituality is subject not only to the
    particular needs of the individual but is subject
    to local culture.
  • The present age of Catholic spirituality is
    filled with statues, structured devotions and
    centered on sacraments and sacramentals.
  • Preceding ages of Catholics, however, have used
    other techniques such as asceticism, bridal
    imagery and prayers of emptiness.
  • The measure of any style of spirituality lies in
    its ability to enable the individual in
    journeying more deeply into the heart of God in
    their life.

4
CLASIFYING PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY
  • There are two ways of classifying spirituality.
    First, we can understand it according to whether
    the prayer is filled with words, images, feelings
    and emotions. This is a prayer of fullness, known
    technically as kataphasia.
  • Alternatively, the goal of the prayer can be to
    empty oneself of all thoughts and feelings,
    called emptiness or apophasia.

5
CLASIFICATION OF PRAYER
  • Prayer can also be classified according to
    whether it is principally an exercise of the
    mind, thought and imagination which is known as
    speculative (mind) prayer or an exercise of the
    heart, feelings and emotions referred to as
    affective (emotional) prayer.
  • Traditional Catholic devotions could be
    classified as an instance of kataphatic affective
    spirituality (prayer of fullness and emotion).

6
VARIATIONS OF PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY
  • Augustinian Looks at God's action in world
    events ('grace') while drawing on a historical
    salvation perspective. Tends toward fullness and
    utilizing the mind and uses scripture as a
    prominent source of its meditative material.
  • Benedictine Characterized by offering all deeds
    of the day as part of the communion with God,
    both formal prayer and simple tasks and labors.
    Also nourished by the scriptures, particularly
    when read and applied to ones life in the daily
    context.
  • Charismatic A highly affective (emotional/heart)
    spirituality focused on the place and role of the
    Holy Spirit. It is energetic and seeks to awaken
    the "gifts" of the Spirit in the individual for
    better communication with God. It draws strongly
    on the acts of the apostles and community is very
    important.
  • Franciscan Another 'emptying' and 'heart' style
    of spirituality, this is the source of much of
    what is now thought to be "typical' Catholic
    spirituality. It is focused on the person of the
    human Christ and on the events of his life and
    what they might have to say to us.
  • Ignatian 'Mind' and 'emptying' are the emphases
    in this tradition which seeks to put you "in the
    shoes of Jesus", e.g. imagining yourself being
    the blind man or bleeding woman being healed, or
    present at the wedding at Cana. The goal is that
    by doing so, you might become more attuned to the
    mind and spirit of Jesus.

7
MY PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY
  • What is my personal spirituality? (the
    disposition" of my spirit in my relation with
    Godhow I make my communion with God)
  • What is my prayer style? (by what means do I
    communicate with God)
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