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Spiritual Formation of the Heart. Holy Spirit. How we see or understand God determines how we live. Father. Son. Holy Spirit. I'm not spiritual. The Spirituality Spectrum. The Spirituality Spectrum. I'm spiritual but what does that mean?. The Spirituality Spectrum. God, yes!

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Spiritual formation of the heart

Spiritual Formation of the Heart


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

How we see or understand God determines how we live

Father

Son

Holy Spirit


The spirituality spectrum

I'm not

spiritual

The Spirituality Spectrum


The spirituality spectrum1

The Spirituality Spectrum

I'm spiritual

but what does

that mean?


The spirituality spectrum2

The Spirituality Spectrum

God, yes!

Spirituality?


The spirituality spectrum3

The Spirituality Spectrum

I live my

faith in God


The spirituality spectrum4

The Spirituality Spectrum

I'm spiritual

but what does

that mean?

God, yes!

Spirituality?

I live my

faith in God

I'm not

spiritual

?


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

Experience


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

Experience

Theology


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

Experience

Theology

Spirituality


Spirituality is

Spirituality is

  • our human capacity for God which allows us to recognise God or the movement of God in our lives, and, in the light of this recognition and experience of God, our lived response to God


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

Experience

Theology

Spirituality


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

How we encounter God

Theology

Spirituality


Experience

Experience…

  • is our starting point for Jesus comes to us, he wants us to encounter him, find him, discover him.


Spiritual formation of the heart

  • Our experience of God leads us to an understanding of God


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

How we encounter God

Theology

Spirituality


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

What we know of God

How we encounter God

Spirituality


Theology

Theology…

  • seeks to understand the truth God has revealed to and through the experience of his people.


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

Experience

Theology


Spirituality

Spirituality…

  • is our lived and loving response to the truth of God, to what we believe is true. It is our life lived in his Spirit, in the knowledge of God’s love for us.


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

What we know of God

How we encounter God

How we love God


In simple terms

In simple terms…

  • Experience is is how we ENCOUNTER God

  • Theology is what we KNOW of God

  • Spirituality is how we LOVE God


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

What we know of God

How we encounter God

How we love God


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

What I know of my spouse

How I encounter my spouse

How I love my spouse


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

Father

Son

Holy Spirit


Experience1

EXPERIENCE

How we ENCOUNTER God


Spiritual formation of the heart

To truly experience God

moments is…

  • to notice

  • to ponder

  • to treasure


Spiritual formation of the heart

  • What makes Christian marriage essentially different is that God becomes a partner in your marriage.


Discussion questions

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • What was the ‘ah!’ moment in the presentation, that is, the idea or thought you really liked or that you had never thought of but you know is true?

  • What us an experience that you know or think might have been an experience of God in your marriage?


Theology1

THEOLOGY

What we understand of God


Spiritual formation of the heart

They are “a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth. This relationship elicits a desire to grow in the knowledge and understanding of Christ and his teaching. In this way those who meet him are drawn by the very power of the Gospel to lead a new life characterised by all that is beautiful, good, and true; a life of Christian witness nurtured and strengthened within the community of our Lord's disciples, the Church.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Meeting with Catholic Educators, Washington, D.C., Thursday, 17 April 2008


Spiritual formation of the heart

  • Theology is not just for theologians – it is for all the followers of Christ


Spiritual formation of the heart

Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7


Spiritual formation of the heart

  • The words of the wedding should take flesh in the marriage.


Spiritual formation of the heart

  • Everything that the Church teaches about life and love ultimately has its origin in Jesus – so the more we bring people back to Christ the more the Church’s developed theology of love, life and marriage makes sense.


Discussion questions1

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

What might the reading say to you in your marriage?

What does the example of Jesus saying “This is my body given to you” say to you in your marriage?


Spirituality1

SPIRITUALITY

How we love God


Spiritual formation of the heart

  • Spirituality – our lived response to God – is always situated in or takes flesh in a person.


Spiritual formation of the heart

Your spirituality is…

  • a reflection of how you encounter God and how you understand God.

  • a sign of how much you value God as a partner in your marriage, as the head and heart of your family.


Spiritual formation of the heart

  • From the beginning, the core of the Church was often constituted by those who had become believers together with all their household... These families who became believers were islands of Christian life in an unbelieving world. In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centres of living, radiant faith.” For this reason the family is called the Domestic Church

  • cf. CCC 1655-1666


Spiritual formation of the heart

  • Being Marriage Educators is being Faith Educators who help, often with simple, practical ideas, couples become Christian husbands and wives, mums and dads who come to live in their marriage the fullness of life and love.


Discussion questions2

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Explain your picture of God? Is your understanding of God from your picture reflected in any way in your marriage, family, in other words in your spirituality? How?

Share some of the ways you live your Christian spirituality as a couple, as a family?


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

Experience

Theology

Spirituality


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

God is with us and in us

Theology

Spirituality


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

God is Love

God is with us and in us

Spirituality


Spiritual formation of the heart

Holy Spirit

God is Love

God is with us and in us

We too become Love


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