Christian Spirituality: God's Presence Through the Ages
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A comprehensive survey fo Christian spirituality. Complete enough to use as a textbook and general enough to attract the general reader.
Maurin’s post-war European compassion for the poor and Day’s passion for social justice and peace, the radical movement spread throughout the United States, although initially viewed with suspicion by the hierarchy.2 In the heartland, the Catholic Youth Organization was founded in 1930 by Chicago Bishop Bernard Sheil as an alternative to the Protestant-oriented Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Similar efforts began in Europe. But
and excess, while the vital sense of the presence of God in traditional religion withered and hardened into reaction and formalism. By the end of the century the tuneful glimmerings of the “Age of Aquarius” as a new epoch of peace, love, and plenty had proved to be perhaps less a false dawn than a premature one. One way or another, a rift had appeared in the minds of many young seekers between “religion” and “spirituality” that would endure well into the next century. The Quest for
from the character of the Church itself, the living body of Christ, as it met the living world. Throughout the coming centuries and no doubt for all time to come, Christians would repeatedly strive to balance and harmonize the elements of love and knowledge, prophecy and mysticism, authority and freedom, worship and service that define Christian experience. How the People of God in past epochs integrated these dynamic, spiritual forces gave content and expression to their spiritualities.
priests, bishops, and the most remarkable pope of the Middle Ages, Innocent III. The ideals of the Apostolic Life movement strongly appealed to those alienated from the main body of Christendom such as the “Cathars” and “Albigensian” heretics of southern France. But it also gave rise to new religious orders, from the uncertainly orthodox such as the Waldensians and Fraticelli, to the straunchly orthodox Cistercians, Premonstratensians, Trinitarians, and eventually to the new mendicant
friars. Few, if any, can compare with a frail young Italian girl who attempted—and very nearly succeeded—to heal the greatest breach in the Western Church before the Reformation. Catherine the Greater Like Pietro Bernadone, the father of Francis of Assisi, Giacomo Benincasa was a dyer. He had a large family, the youngest of twenty-four children being a radiant girl named Catherine. (Giovanna, her twin, died shortly after birth.) A visionary from the age of six, Catherine pledged herself