19 May 2011

Spiritual Pillar

"As she has never failed to do, again today the Church continues to recommend the practice of spiritual direction, not only to all those who wish to follow the Lord up close, but to every Christian who wishes to live responsibly his baptism, that is, the new life in Christ," the Pope stated. "Everyone, in fact, and in a particular way all those who have received the divine call to a closer following, needs to be supported personally by a sure guide in doctrine and expert in the things of God." -- Pope Benedict XVI

My personal goal this summer is to continue to develop almost a "spiritual curriculum" for Vanderbilt Catholic, analogous to the educational curriculum which Chad is developing for iFacts. These will be practical ways of implementing the spiritual and intellectual pillars of formation which support the Vanderbilt Catholic mission. This year, I was able to offer more opportunities for spiritual direction, and I want to continue to do so. I am thinking that perhaps small "oratory" groups might be a way to introduce common themes in spiritual formation in a slightly larger setting, which could lead to individual direction. The problem I foresee is the need for more directors. Please help me to complete this vision and to be able to implement it. I agree with the Holy Father that spiritual formation is for everyone and that ultimately means individual direction.

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