There are so many beautiful spiritualities in our Church. I love it.
I’d like to know what you all’s favorite Catholic spiritualities are and why.
I’ll start first.
Mine is easily Ignatian. I love how it’s so applicable in ordinary life. I love how it’s a spirituality of the heart for the contemplative in action. I love how it’s a spirituality for decision makers, the imaginative and for the beautiful discernment techniques.
The next surprises me a little. Benedictine. I picked up a booklet by Fr Dwight Longenecker entitled “ Saint Benedict for Busy Parents. “ I was surprised at how easy and simple Benedictine spirituality is! I guess I was intimidated by the image of praying the LOTH over the course of my day and the difficulty of reciting the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary that I’ve attempted to earlier last year.
I digress. What I see in Benedictine spirituality is the simplicity of the vows of Obedience, Stability and Conversion and how it can be applied to a lay life. And I’m only partway through the booklet!
The basic point being is Obedience can be applied to obeying God, His Word and His movements in my heart. That dovetails nicely with the Ignatian way of proceeding. Stability was explained by Fr Longenecker as not constantly uprooting my family all over the place. Allow for roots to grow and provide a stable home for my family. Conversion as Fr Longenecker explained it was that I commit to continual progress in the conversion of my soul from sin. Wow.