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Spiritual Practices and Reflections

Authentic Christian Spiritual Practices provide life-giving energy for daily living. The wealth of Christian spiritual practices fills libraries around the world.

  • “Our hearts were made for Thee, O Lord, and they will not rest until they rest in Thee” – St. Augustine
  • “God is at home. It is we who have gone out for a walk.” – Meister Eckhaart
  • “Christian spirituality is down and in, not up and out.” – Father Richard Rohr
  • “I have come that you might have life, life in abundance.” – Jesus, John 10:10
  • “A path into the mystery of God in union with Christ under the influence of the Holy Spirit.” – Ron Rolheiser, Roman Catholic priest, author, columnist, and speaker

The purpose of authentic Christian spiritual practices is to:

  • Increase our awareness of the indwelling presence of God and God’s unconditional love
  • Create a sense of mindfulness and an ability to live in the now
  • Nurture our relationship with God
  • See the presence of God in creation with new eyes
  • Experience inner peace and freedom from stress
  • Clear away the obstacles that prevent us from sensing our unity with God
  • Know God in and through life’s experience
  • Fashion a lifestyle that is healthy and joyful
  • Learn the dance steps that enable us to dance with God and all of creation
  • Practice and become comfortable with the dance steps in order to dance with grace and joy

The dancer is the disciple of Christ, and the dance is a way of living out our love of God through a
healthy lifestyle and vocation to ministry.

Discernment is an important part of our faith tradition.  We are all called to lives of holiness and part of this call is taking the time to understand God’s will in particular ways.  The Diocese of Peterborough has provided a resource for staff and students that suggests many useful strategies for fostering a culture of discernment and vocations in a school setting.   Click the image below to view the document.

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