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What Is Spirituality?


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An introduction to the Spiritual Life

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What Is Spirituality?

  1. 1. What is Spirituality? Mr. Pablo Cuadra Religion Class
  2. 2. What is Spirituality? <ul><li>The practice of a prayerful Christian life. </li></ul><ul><li>Through rituals and practices . </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are the traditions that give Christianity the concept of Spirit? <ul><li>A. The word Spirit comes from the Jewish and Greek traditions through the following words: </li></ul><ul><li>B. The Hebrews used the word Ruah to describe the Spirit of God . </li></ul><ul><li>C. The Greeks used the word Pneuma to do the same. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is the meaning of the words Ruah and Pneuma? <ul><li>The basic meaning of these words is </li></ul><ul><li>A. Air </li></ul><ul><li>B. Wind </li></ul><ul><li>C. Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>In other words Ruah and Pneuma are the principles of life. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples from the Bible <ul><li>In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a formless waste land, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind (ruah) swept over the waters . </li></ul><ul><li>Genesis 1: 1-2 </li></ul><ul><li>The Spirit of God is at work in creation </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples from the Bible <ul><li>The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life , and so man became a living being. </li></ul><ul><li>Genesis 2: 7 </li></ul><ul><li>All Life comes from God </li></ul>
  7. 7. What are rituals? <ul><li>Rituals are : </li></ul><ul><li>A. Religious ceremonies example: baptism </li></ul><ul><li>B. Religious symbols example: Ashes </li></ul><ul><li>C. Religions actions example: Giving the sign of peace during mass. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What are some common religious practices among Catholics? <ul><li>Catholics have many religious practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples or religious practices are: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>2. Going to Mass (Eucharist) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Receiving the Sacraments </li></ul><ul><li>4. Almsgiving </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why do we foster Spirituality? <ul><li>Because we are spiritual (living) beings. </li></ul><ul><li>A. We have body </li></ul><ul><li>-Physical </li></ul><ul><li>B. We have a mind </li></ul><ul><li>-Psyche </li></ul><ul><li>C. We have a soul -God’s Spirit </li></ul>
  10. 10. Spirituality <ul><li>Every thing is related </li></ul><ul><li>to the Spirit. </li></ul>Soul Soul Thoughts Feelings Physical
  11. 11. Scriptures Passages <ul><li>I am the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die . </li></ul><ul><li>John 11: 25-26 </li></ul>
  12. 12. What is an important aspect of Spirituality? <ul><li>Belief is an important aspect of spirituality </li></ul><ul><li>You cannot practice what you don’t believe. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: a football player likes to watch football games or play football games because he or she enjoys it. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Why is the Spiritual dimension important? <ul><li>Because it gives us: </li></ul><ul><li>A. Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>B. Transcendence </li></ul><ul><li>C. Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>D. Eternal life </li></ul>
  14. 14. Meaning <ul><li>A. We want to understand life </li></ul><ul><li>1. Our lives’ purpose </li></ul><ul><li>2. Why we are here? </li></ul><ul><li>3. What we are becoming? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Our experiences </li></ul>
  15. 15. Transcendence <ul><li>Some definitions: </li></ul><ul><li>A. Exceeding usual limits </li></ul><ul><li>B. Surpassing </li></ul><ul><li>C. Extending beyond the limits of ordinary experience </li></ul>
  16. 16. Purpose <ul><li>We want our lives to make sense to us, and to others. </li></ul><ul><li>We want to have a sense of direction </li></ul><ul><li>We want to do good with our lives. </li></ul><ul><li>We want to be happy </li></ul>
  17. 17. Eternal Life <ul><li>We want to live forever . </li></ul><ul><li>We do not want to die. </li></ul><ul><li>Christianity believes that the son of God came so that we can have life eternal. </li></ul>
  18. 18. John 3:16 <ul><li>For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. </li></ul>