“Created for the glory and praise of God.” St. Ignatius Loyola, S.J.
Focus of the Retreat “CREATED”............... Assessment of God’s creation: [An analysis of current world situation (Christifideles Laici) ] for the GLORY ........... “Man full alive” (Irenaeus) A. Interior Life B. External Expression and PRAISE OF GOD ... Catholic Spiritual Traditions and Prayer
“Created....” Assessment of God’s CreationAnalysis of Current World Situation
In Europe From (then) Cardinal Ratzinger: Europe Without Roots, The West, Christianity, Relativism and
A Current View of the Catholic Church From The NEXT Christians by Gabe Lyons
“Created....” Call of the Catholic Laity in Contemporary CultureChristifideles Laici
“Created....” Christifideles Laici * Introduction 1. The Dignity of the Lay Faithful in the Church as Mystery 2. The Participation of the Lay Faithtul in the Life of Church as Communion 3. The Coresponsibility of the Lay Faithful in the Church as Mission 4. Good Stewards of Gods Varied Grace 5. The Formation of the Lay Faithful in the Lay State
“Created....”* Introduction Needs of the world Secularism Human Person – lights and shadows Peace and conflict Christ – hope of humanity
“Created....”1. The Dignity of the Lay Faithful in the Church as Mystery Identity – who are the lay faithful? Vocation Baptism - What does “Christian Life” look like? Individual children in the Son, yet One Body Mission - Priests, Prophets and Kings Secular character Summary: Called to holiness – in the world
“Created....”2. The Participation of the Lay Faithtul in the Life of Church as Communion Communion and community Diversity and complementarily Ministries and charisms Catherine of Siena Institute “Called and Gifted” “Spiritual Gifts Inventory” Ministries derived from Holy Orders Ministries, Offices and Roles of the Lay Faithful The Lay Faithfuls Participation in the Life of the Church Parish Greater Church Groups
“Created....”3. The Coresponsibility of the Lay Faithful in the Church as Mission Mission to Communion Proclaiming the Gospel Re-evangelization (1988) cultures of humanity Serving the person and society Promoting the dignity of the person Call to religious freedom (1988) Family, Charity, Public Life, Individual as center of Socio-economic life
“Created....”4. Good Stewards of Gods Varied Grace States of life and variety of vocations Vocations particular to the lay state Children, youth, older people Women and men Collaboration of men and women together The sick and the suffering
“Created....”5. The Formation of the Lay Faithful in the Lay State Continual process of maturation To discover and live one’s vocation and mission Legionaries The “D” word Integrated formation for living an integrated life Various aspects of formation Collaborators with God Reciprocal formation received and given Appeal to prayer
“Created for the glory and praise of God.” St. Ignatius Loyola, S.J.
Focus of the Retreat• “CREATED”............... • Assessment of God’s creation & an analysis of current world situation (Christifideles Laici)• for the GLORY ........... • “Man full alive” A.Interior Life B. External Expression• and PRAISE OF GOD ... • Catholic Spiritual Traditions and Prayer
Quotations:• St. Ignatius (Spiritual Exercises)• St. Augustine (Sermon 19:2-3)• Cardinal Keith O’Brien (Edinburgh – Blog Post)
First Annotation• Provide a method to help oneself• 3 “Internal” Steps: ▫ Start by examining one’s conscience ▫ Meditation, contemplation, vocal prayer, mental prayer. ▫ Performing other spiritual actions.
Second Annotation• Relate faithfully events of such Contemplation or Meditation.• Makes events clearer or brings them a little more home to him:• How: ▫ Through one’s own reasoning ▫ Intellect enlightened by Divine power
Third Annotation• Use acts of the intellect in reasoning• Use acts of the will in the movement of feelings• ( Both good but Ignatius has a bias.... )• When “willing” to pray (to God or saints) greater reverence required than when using intellect in understanding.
Aside....• Difference between: ▫ Pastoral Counseling ▫ Professional Counseling ▫ Professional Therapy ▫ Spiritual Direction ▫ Confession• Give to Caesar what is Caesars; to God what is God’s: ▫ Different Forms ▫ Involve different relationships ▫ For different purposes ▫ (For the most part...) you don’t want to mix them up! ▫ ....Caveat
“Created for the glory...” Interior LifeLets check in...any questions?
Fourth AnnotationSubject of Time and Timing(quote and application)
Sixth AnnotationInitial Evaluation of Progress(quote and application)
Twelfth AnnotationCommitment and Personal Investment(quote and application)
Getting ConcreteThe Full Quote and Some Examples
Advice from Ignatius (Prelude)• Know the Goal: ▫ Praise of God ▫ Salvation of our soul• Understand the difference between “means” and “ends”• “Detachment”• Examples: ▫ Marriage ▫ Money ▫ Religion
Questions:• How do YOU do this?• What did / do you use?• What has worked?• What has NOT worked?
One Example:“Pastores Dabo Vobis”(Next Slide – Next Session)
One Example:• Pastores dabo vobis or “I will give you shepherds”• Four dimensions: ▫ Human ▫ Intellectual ▫ Spiritual ▫ Pastoral
Question...What’s in YOUR (mental/spiritual) wallet?Or...how are YOU doing this?
“CREATED FOR THE GLORYAND PRAISE OF GOD.” St. Ignatius Loyola
“CREATED FOR THE GLORYAND PRAISE OF GOD.” Two parts: • Interior Life • External Forum
“CREATED FOR THE GLORYAND PRAISE OF GOD.” “I’m spiritual but not religious.” (A quote from “Spiritual Exercises, ‘Presupposition’”)
“CREATED FOR THE GLORYAND PRAISE OF GOD.” Where are we as society? Where are we as a church WITHIN that society? How do WE move forward? How do YOU move forward? Think about these for a moment...
During the Counter-Reformation What Church Faced: The “Company” in increasingly complex and changing environments. New “markets” Increased competition Former belief systems questioned Traditional approaches discarded.
Catholic Church on the Frontier What Church Faced: “Company” in increasingly complex and changing environments. New “markets” Increased competition Former belief systems questioned Traditional approaches discarded. Lady Blackrobes
What J. P. Morgan Faced The “Company” in increasingly complex and changing environments. New “markets” Increased competition Former belief systems questioned Traditional approaches discarded.
...and TODAY? Where are we as society? Where are we as a church WITHIN the society? Where are we? Where are we going? Where are we? Where are we going? What do WE need? What do YOU need? What’s missing?
...and TODAY? What Church Faces: The “Company” in increasingly complex and changing environments. New “markets” (Cyber-church) Increased competition (secular, sacred, satanic) Former belief systems questioned Traditional approaches discarded.
What J. P. Morgan Needed Core Issue – Leadership How to elicit leadership ... and develop “Masters of the Universe?” What happened? The “new” 360 degree feedback system (btw...Jesuits doing this for 435 years!) ...and it all STARTS with self awareness.
And the Jesuits? “No miracles...” Fr. Diego Lainez, S.J. on miracles... Pillars of success: Self-awareness Ingenuity Love Heroism (courage & 7 vision)
“CREATED FOR THE GLORYAND PRAISE OF GOD.” Some quotes from Ignatius
“CREATED FOR THE GLORYAND PRAISE OF GOD.” So how do you do this?
An Example: Pastores dabo vobis or “I will give you shepherds” Four dimensions: Human Intellectual Spiritual Pastoral
“CREATED FOR THE GLORYAND PRAISE OF GOD.” St. Ignatius Loyola Questions, Comments, Critique
The Role of PriesthoodThe Role of the Laity THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
"And going outabout the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and to them he said, You go into the vineyard too MATTHEW 20:3-4
Diocesan Priesthood - Context Diversity of expectations Current decrease in candidates Possible results: Fight (wilt and fade) Fight (Superiority complex and clericalism)
Needs Clear understanding of: Identity Roles Fire of Jesus the High Priest His love His vision New relationships between laity and priests
Issues “Christifideles Laici” Secularism Longing for spirituality Sacredness of the human person Conflict and peace Fr. Zlock: Identity Mission
Identity Only from inside the Churchs mystery of communion is the "identity" of the lay faithful made known, and their fundamental dignity revealed. Only within the context of this dignity can their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world be defined.
Challenge Moving from “theory” to “practice” The Holy Spirit continues to renew ...the ...Church and ... has inspired new aspirations towards holiness and the participation of so many lay faithful.
Pro Sanctity MovementHoly Trinity Apostolate “CREATED FOR THE GLORY AND PRAISE OF GOD.”
ExamplesCATHECHESIS: Alpha for Catholics - An effective, practical tool to awaken faith in people outside the faith or on the fringe of parish life and nourish faithful Catholics. Ascension Press Features excellent courses for individual Catholics, parishes, small and large groups in Bible study (children, teens and adults), marriage preparation, Theology of the Body (teens and adults), Adult Faith FormationLEADERSHIP: Catholic Leadership Institute – With their “Good Leaders – Good Shepherds” program, might be the best Catholic Leadership program for priests, pastors and parishes in the U.S. National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management - Prominent men and women, leaders in their field, powerfully placing their gifts at the service of the Church.
ExamplesFAITH FORMATION AND ENGAGEMENT: (For the Women) Walking With Purpose – aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ through personal study, small group discussion linking everyday challenges/struggles with solutions through the teachings of Christ & Roman Catholic Church. (For the Men) Fatherhood and Leadership Initiatiative Provides tools, information, and a community of common purpose that enable men of character to become better fathers, husbands and leaders of their families. The King’s Men – Under Christ the King’s universal call to serve, we as men, pledge to unite and build up other men in the mold of leader, protector, and provider through education, formation and action.
ExamplesSUPPORT: Prepare and Enrich (Although I use this excellent tool in helping couples prepare for marriage, ANY couple could benefit from its insights.)NEWS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Zenit - Short articles, vignettes, updates pertaining to the Catholic Church from the Vatican Whispers in the Loggia - One of the first and now a leader in Catholic blogging Cabelas - Every boy needs a “toy store.” It’s all about balance.
Lay Faithful (Closing Thought) Lay faithful must be formed according to the union which exists from their being members of the Church and citizens of human society. There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called "spiritual" life, with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called "secular" life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social relationships, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture. (Charles Chaput)
“Created for theglory and praise of God.” St. Ignatius Loyola, S.J.
“Created for the gloryand praise of God.” Personal Prayer
“Created for the gloryand praise of God.” Thoughts from Ignatius
“Created for the gloryand praise of God.” Fundamental Starting Points
Prayer• Traditions (Resources)• Types and Stages• Fundamentals (How to...)
Prayer• 1988 - Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua, Archdiocese of Philadelphia• 12 priests ask to leave.• In interview...from “Did” to “When.”• Rationale and background.
“Created for the glory and praise of God.”Prayer Traditions
Traditions• Carmelite • About love • Little Flower, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross• Dominicans • About truth • Thomas Aquinas, Dominic, Catherine of Siena, Garrigou- Lagrange, Congar, Rhine Mystics (Hildegard, Eckhart)
Traditions• Jesuits: • About knowing yourself • Ignatius, Bellarmine, DeLubac, Rahner• Franciscan: • About simplicity • Francis, Bernardin of Siena, Anthony (of PADUA, not the desert guy), Bonaventure• Salesian: • About practical spirituality; everyday living • Francis deSales, John Bosco
Traditions• Benedictine: • About the rule and “The Work” • Benedict, Bede• Desert: • About spiritual warfare (world, flesh, devil) • Anthony of the Desert (not PADUA), Cassian, Poeman, Macarius, (Sr. Benedicta Ward)
Traditions• Marian • She’s the Mother of God, C’mon YOU figure it out! • Louis de Montfort, Maximilian Kolbe• Other • Adrienne von Spyer, Hans von von Balthasar, • Catherine Doherty, Dorothy Day • Imitation of Christ • Catherine of Genoa • Cloud of Unknowing/Trappist - Centering (Keating, Pennington, Meninger) • Charismatic
Diocesan Priestly Spirituality (Notes)• Different from monastic spirituality• Don’t mix the two• 1. – Prayer, quiet and contemplation are critical... – But ministerial involvement (not formal prayer) determines contour/schedule of daily life. – Set prayer time cannot interfere with availability for ministry.• 2. – Readiness of spirit – Born in “freedom” ... – and fascination with a loving God’s faithful commitment to us, – ...so that we can be faithful
Diocesan Priestly Spirituality (Notes)• 3 – Discerned integration of formal prayer with day’s activities – Balance! Get honest sense of “reasonable” demands (and not burnout) – “Work is my prayer” heretically invalid. – Laity can (and should) call Father on the carpet in terms of his prayer life.• 4. – Frustration with finding fellowship and fraternity – Union of minds, hearts found in “shared vision” – Regularly experienced – Provide support for celibate lifestyle – Enrich, animate and improve their life and ministry