Claretian Spirituality

Report
Spiritual Quest of our times
• Spiritual Books
• Films with spiritual
themes
• New Age movements
• Spiritism, shamanism
• Oriental religions,
• Spiritual institutes
• Spiritual Movements
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Spiritual therapies
Healing techniques
Relaxation
Stress management
Spirit, the force of Life and Love
• Spirituality is Life in
the Spirit
• Spirit is the giver of
Life
• Spirit that moved
Claret is the same
Spirit of Jesus who
anoints and sends
the Apostles
Our fundamental Questions Concern:
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God
Self
Others
World (space)
History (Time)
Purpose
Self
purpose
History
The
Ultimate
Others
World
Human life is shaped around these questions
Without the Spirit
God is a
Myth
Nihilism
History
Prisoner of
time
Ego is the
centre
World Object
of
manipulation
Others
enemies
In the Spirit of Christ
Self
Son
Kingdom
History
Journey
Others
Brothers/sisters
God
Father
World
Home/tent
A New Family
A New Name
A New Sending
Experience of God
Father
A New Way
A New Style of Life
A New identity: Sons
• Sons, not slaves
• Break through false identities based on
wealth, race, caste….
• Recovery of the true self
A new Family
• Multiple belongingness of life
• Where do I truly belong?
• To my tribe?
• Family?
• Nation?
• Club?
• Radically belonging to the Lord
What is CMF for me?
The less I am a son, the less I will be a brother to others
A new Style
• What kind of style of life have I chosen?
• Traditional/liberal
• Modern style: consumerist, stressful,
activism..
• Paranoic, histrionic, obsessive compulsive,
dependent…?
• Is there a style that respond to our form of
life? An alternative, counter-cultural,
prophetic?
• Human default style: seeking meaning for life
Four false Refuges
• pleasure
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Drugs, stimulants
Sex
Rhythm
Play (games)
speed
• Conformism: Carried away by
convention; do what others do, in crisis fall
back to the crowd
• Work: do something to be useful
• Violence: sadism, masochism
These are false
refuges. They do
not solve the
problem of
lonliness
Love in our life
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Love because we are loved
Not infatuation (closeness alone)
Not just duty (cold heart)
Both closeness and separation
Not lonliness, but solitude
A man on fire
Desires…
• riches, power,
status, love
with God’s love
• To set everyone on
fire with God’s love
Delights in…
possessions
Welcomes…
leisure
work
Embraces…
comforts
sacrifices
Smiles at…
admiration
slander
Rejoices in…
gifts & awards
Glories in..
Achievements
privations
Torments and sorrows
Cross of Christ
A New Way
• The Way of the Cross
• Allowing the Lord to join the journey
The Four Icons
• the woman at the well: Journey of Discovery
• Emmaus journey: Journey of recuperation
• The Good Samaritan: Journey of recovery
• Martyrs of Barbastro: journey to glory
When not grounded in the CMF spirit
• Spiritual migration
• Spiritual orphanage:
One likes the founder.
But looks elsewhere for
spiritual nourishment
• Flight to attractive religious
movements:
• Indegenous spirituality
• Popular devotions
• Oriental spirituality
• New Movements
• PRH, Enneogram, Pranic
• Clerical Spirituality
But enriching each other is different from emigrating
Spirituality as a Unique “face” that
reveals the mystery of God
• What is our
claretian Face in
the Church and
the World?
How do I come across to
others as a cmf?
Face is the reflection of one’s Identity
Levels of identity
What I do: Behaviour
What I think: Beliefs
What I feel: Sentiments
Who I am: My identity-Son of God
Crisis of Identity
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the center
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Superficiality
Dispersion
Victimization
Abusive behaviours
Seculiarization
Leave
Internal sense of identity
• Corporeal sense of
identity
What I have: wealth,
money, physical beuty
• Psychic sense of
identity
What I do: success,
status, recognition
• Existential sense
of Identity
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Who I am: unique unrepetable
person- Son, anointed and sent
Corporeal Level of idenity
Having defines the value
of a person:
Wealth
Possessions
External appearence and appeal
Psychic Level of
Identity
Psychic Level of
Identity
Doing defines the value of the
person:
Performance, achievements
Talents, status, power, position,
recognition, roles, prestige
Being a unique self
beyond what he has and what he
does. True self
Unique, unrepetable person
Son of God, loved and willed by
God
Claret reveals
the face of
Christ the
Missionary.
And we??
PPt Prepared by Mathew Cmf

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