a review of Christian spirituality
|January 2013|| Vol 52 No 1|
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The Personal and Spiritual Life: All Too Human, All Too Divine
Spirituality can appear to many to be something abstract, impractical and other-worldly. In an attempt to combat this view, Terry Veling argues that ‘the duty of religious faith is to humanise our world’, and thus ‘it is our spiritual duty to become human’. Far from separating us from the holy, this approach leads to a fuller recognition of the divine all around us.
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Metanoia and Transformation I: Godly Organisation with Servant Leaders
At the heart of the Christian message is a call to metanoia—not simply repentance, but a change in one’s whole outlook on the world. This change is required not only of individuals, but of the organizations that we create, including the Church. In the first of two articles Norman Todd here offers some guidelines for such a process of change.
Ignatian Spirituality: A Bridge between Postmodernity and Christian Institutional Structures
James Bowler takes as his starting-point a study project that looks at images of humanity at different stages in its history. He concludes that a new image is currently emerging, one that may heal the perceived rift between spirituality and religion. Ignatian spirituality has, he believes, an important part to play in helping this new image to establish itself.
A Dialogue with God: Family Life and the Sacramental Imagination
Much of the literature on spirituality has been, and continues to be, written by and for celibates. Wendy Wright is a wife and mother, as well as a spiritual director and teacher of Christian spirituality. Here she considers how family life is called upon to nurture a sacramental imagination, an important aspect of the life of faith.
The Apocalyptic with a Difference
The apocalyptic is that aspect of scripture that deals with the end of the world, and the events that precede it. It is sometimes overlooked, or left as the preserve of fanatical fringe sects. By contrast Paul Dominic makes a biblical case for a proper understanding of apocalyptic having a profound influence on the pattern of everyday Christian living.
Learning How to See: Teilhard de Chardin’s ‘Mass on the World’
Christians are familiar with the idea of appropriating the divine message by listening—hearing the word of God. Chad Thralls suggests that it is also possible to recognise God all around us through our sight. He draws on the writing of the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to demonstrate how vision can make the presence of God in the world more explicit.
Topping Up the Wells: A Return To Rural Victoria
In a 2009 article in The Way, Richard Shortall described his experience of running daily-life retreats in rural Australia. In this follow-up article, he looks at the methods that he and those who work alongside him have devised to help the participants remain faithful to the desires that emerged in the course of their original retreats.
The Global Experience of Gift, and Some Philosophy
Many people recognise life, or at least aspects of it, as gift, and respond with an appropriate gratitude. To others, such concepts are foreign. Robert Doud draws on sources as diverse as Friedrich Nietzsche and Ignatius Loyola to argue that gift exchange can be a useful paradigm for our orientation towards action in the world.
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Forthcoming January 2013
Patrick Purnell SJ, The Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God
|PATRICK PURNELL SJ writes poetry inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, having spent many years in the ministry of giving the Exercises. He also draws on his background as a teacher and a catechist—he worked for some time as Adviser on Religious Education to the bishops of England and Wales. In this, his third collection to be published by Way Books, he focuses on the Paschal Mystery: the suffering, death and resur¬rection of Jesus. The poems invite readers to recognise the ways in which they themselves are caught up in this story. Yet the tone is not a gloomy one, but rather that of a journey leading to the joy of the risen Christ. New images and fresh ideas here enable this familiar narrative to be seen in a new light. The poems are accompanied by colour reproductions of works of art inspired by the Paschal Mystery.
Patrick’s first collection, Imagine, was published in 2003, and its sequel, The Book of Furrows, in 2009. Both are available from Way Books.
ISBN: 978 0 904717 42 6
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