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-understanding which spirituality speaks to us can help us discern God’s will
What is the difference?
The spiritualties, in and of themselves, all represent an orthodox approach to the faith, and while there is much overlap between them, each one puts an emphasis on different aspects of the faith
How do choose?
What are your primary struggles? One might help present a more direct path toward overcoming
Which one fits your personality type? Brings you closest to God?
Ora et Labora – Work and Pray
Do you enjoy Scripture reading, formal prayers of the Church and have the gift of hospitality? Benedictine spirituality may be for you.
“The Benedictine answer to spirituality is the Scriptures, the scriptural way,” says Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll, monk at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon and professor of patristics at Mount Angel Seminary. “Benedict tries to be nothing more and nothing less than Scripture at full throttle,” he explains. “To quote the holy rule: Let nothing be preferred to the work of God, which refers to the Divine Office. The center of Benedictine life is the gathering in the Church for the various hours of the praise of God in common.”
Pax et bonum – Peace and the good
Does the simple life attract you? Do you want to see all of life as gift and all creatures as united in Christ? Then look to St. Francis and the Franciscan Way.
Franciscan spirituality is “very simple and very personal and very devotional,” explains Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., “Devotional [means] it is related to personal individual prayer to Christ and Our Lady and their presence in our life.” an “emphasis on simplicity, humility and care of the poor; it’s not a complex spirituality.”
-Finding God in nature
-an emphasis on the good of creation more than the evil of sin
Laudare, Benedicere, praedicare – The praise, to bless, to preach
Do you love to study and have a passion for explaining the faith through writing and speaking? Then consider the Dominican way.
“Dominican spirituality derives from the reality that anything that is true points to God the Creator, and therefore all learning, knowledge and understanding ultimately teaches us about God.” says Dominican Father Fred Lucci, director of the All Saints Newman Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.
Dominican spirituality, is ultimately a path to God through the search for knowledge, contemplation of that knowledge for deeper understanding of the Divine and the joy of preaching that truth to the world.”
-love of philosophy
-love to teach (to share with others the fruits of your contemplation)
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam – For the greater glory of God
Do you long to know the will of God in all things? Is a straightforward, no-nonsense approach that finds God in the everyday things of life appealing? You may find Ignatian spirituality appealing.
In many ways is a combination of the first 3 and probably the most practical of all the different spiritualities. Contemplatives in action
St. Ignatius gave many rules to follow in almost every situation. Puts a heavy emphasis on the “daily examine.” Famous for the spiritual exercises.