In this month of September, O Clarim brings to you a three-part series on Spirituality by Fr Fausto Gomez OP. In the third part, Fr Gomez writes that contemporary spirituality is a plural and varied spirituality, continually enriched by saints, mystics, experts, writers, and honest ordinary people – and non-Christian brothers and sisters.
In this month of September, O Clarim brings to you a three-part series on Spirituality by Fr Fausto Gomez OP. In the first part, Fr Gomez writes that ‘Spirituality’ is a trendy term these days. To many, it immediately brings to mind Eastern spirituality. Authentic Catholic spirituality exists, and it focuses on God and one’s neighbor, rather than the self. Catholic spirituality is about changing oneself to change the world.
The development of Christian spirituality is grounded on the sources of Revelation, that is, Sacred Scriptures and Christian Tradition. Christian spirituality has developed exuberantly through the centuries from the teachings of the Sacred Scriptures, through the Fathers of the Church, theologians, mystics, and saints, and the evolving magisterium of the Church.
The concept of Christian spirituality is complex and very rich, indeed. Hereafter we mention and explain briefly its main dimensions.
Christian spirituality is a spirituality of charity: “Spiritualitas autem vita per caritatem est” – “The spiritual life comes from charity” (St. Thomas Aquinas). The mission of Christians is to inflame the world with Jesus’ love.