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“Christian spirituality concerns thequest for a fulfilled and authenticChristian existence, involving thebringing together of thefundamental ideas of Christianityand the whole experience of livingon the basis of and within thescope of the Christian faith.” Alister McGrath
“The spiritual life is simplythe increasing vitality andsway of God’s Spirit in us.” Marjorie Thompson
“The practice of thepresence of God.” Brother Lawrence
The goal of Christian spiritualityis to be enlivened by God’s Spirit.
Smackdown:Aristotle vs. Plato Plato techne vs.episteme / theoria
Smackdown:Aristotle vs. Plato Aristotle sophia vs. phronesis
Whereas young people become accomplished in geometry and mathematics, and wise within these limits, prudent young people do not seem to be found. The reason is that prudence is concerned with particulars as well as universals, and particulars become known from experience, but a young person lacks experience, since some length of time is needed to produce it. Nichomachean Ethics 1142 a
“Phronesis goes beyond both analytical, scientific knowledge (episteme) and technical knowledge or know-how (techne) and involves judgments and decisions made in the manner of a virtuoso.” Making Social Science Matter
“Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a waythat you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.”
Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and saidto him, “Abba, as far as I can I say my littleoffice, I fast a little, I pray and meditate, I livein peace and as far as I can, I purify mythoughts. What else can I do?” Then the oldman stood up and stretched his handstoward heaven. His fingers became like tenlamps of fire and he said to him, “If you will,you can become all flame.” Philokalia 26
Out of the depths have I called to you,O Lord;Lord, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice ofmy supplicationIf you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, O Lord, who could stand?For there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared.
Mattins (of the morning): The first office is held before dawn,keeping vigil for the day to come.Prime (first): First of the Little Hours, observed at 6 a.m.Lauds (praise): Lauds is held at dawn, it includes Psalms 148-150 (the “Praise the Lord!” psalms).Terce (third): The second of the Little Hours, it is observed at9 a.m.Sext (sixth): The third of the Little Hours, observed at noon.None (ninth): The fourth of the Little Hours, it is observed at 3p.m.Vespers (evening): Held at dusk, Vespers (along with Lauds) isconsidered one of the two most important offices of the day. Itconcludes with the singing of the Magnificat (Mary’s song fromLuke 1: 46-55).Compline (complete): The prayers said at night before retiring,Compline includes the Nunc Dimittis (Simeon’s Song fromLuke 2: 29-32).
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax CollectorTo some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: God, I thank you that I am not like other people— robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get. "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, God, have mercy on me, a sinner. "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His SightThen they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! Hes calling you." Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus."What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see.""Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Silence and Solitude Centering Prayer Meditation The Ignatian Examen Spiritual Direction Pilgrimage FastingThe Sign of the Cross and Other Bodily Prayer Sabbath Service
“A Rule of Life is a patternof spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness.” Marjorie Thompson
Example of a Personal Rule∀Pray through two centuries of the Jesus Prayer inthe morning and evening every day.∀Keep the Sabbath from sunset Friday to sunsetSaturday every week.∀Walk a labyrinth once a month.∀Take a two-day silent retreat once a year.∀Fast and walk the Stations of the Cross everyFriday during Lent.∀Take a 28-day Ignatian retreat every decade.
“The spiritual life is notsomething we add onto analready busy life…. [It] is to impregnate and infiltrate and control what wealready do with an attitude of service to God.” Henri Nouwen & Richard Foster
“I think the most importantthing a pastor does is whohe or she is.” Eugene Peterson