Belonging to God: A Personal Training Guide for a Deeper Catholic Spiritual Life

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This book is a practical, concise guide for busy Catholics who want to grow in their spiritual lives but don't have access to a spiritual director or hours of free time for daily prayer. Charles Murphy, retreat leader, diocesan director, and former rector of the North American College in vatican City, offers insights into the Catholic approach to spiritual formation, using principles from the spiritual tradition and examples drawn from the lives of everyday contemporary people. He focuses especially on Francois ...
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Overview


This book is a practical, concise guide for busy Catholics who want to grow in their spiritual lives but don't have access to a spiritual director or hours of free time for daily prayer. Charles Murphy, retreat leader, diocesan director, and former rector of the North American College in vatican City, offers insights into the Catholic approach to spiritual formation, using principles from the spiritual tradition and examples drawn from the lives of everyday contemporary people. He focuses especially on Francois de Sales, a saint who knew that true spirituality always begins with who we already are, no matter how hassled and imperfect our lives may be. Filled with practical advice and enriched by Murphy's years of experience, Belonging to God answers Pope John Paul II's call to provide Catholics everywhere with "training in holiness."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824521486
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 17
Becoming a Spiritual Person 17
A Method 19
We Are All Called to Be Holy 21
Practicing Holiness 23
Part 1 Spirituality
1 Five Spiritual Principles for Beginners 27
The Spirituality of St. Francois de Sales 30
The Five Spiritual Principles 33
2 Seeking a Spiritual Guide 45
The Need for a Spiritual Guide 45
The Qualities of a Good Spiritual Guide 47
What Is Spiritual Direction? 47
Spiritual Direction Today 49
A Spiritual Direction Session with St. Francois 51
How to Handle Anger (with Care!): A Case Study of Salesian Spirituality 53
"The Particular Examen" as a Way to Handle Anger 57
Finding a Spiritual Director 58
3 Developing a Personal Rule of Life 60
Creating Our Own Inner Cortile 62
Elements of a Personal Rule of Life 63
Necessary Adaptations 64
The Rule of Life of Terence Cardinal Cooke 68
How to Design a Personal Rule of Life 70
4 The Goal of the Spiritual Life: Falling in Love With God 73
An Experience of the Revelation of Divine Love: Aaron 74
A Second Experience: Ste. Marguerite Marie Alacoque 76
Part 2 Life Situations
5 Changing 81
The Repentance That Leads to Conversion of Heart 82
Changing: Life Studies 84
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles 88
Practicing Holiness: How to Make a General Confession 89
6 Praying 96
Prayer: A Master Class 98
Prayer: Life Studies 102
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles 107
Practicing Holiness: How to Meditate 110
7 Loving 113
The Command to Love 114
The Love of St. Francois de Sales and Ste. Jeanne Francoise de Chantal 116
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles 122
Practicing Holiness: Practicing the Small Virtues 123
8 Working 127
The Spiritual Meaning of Work 128
Work in the Life of St. Francois 131
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles 134
Practicing Holiness: Working for the Kingdom of God 135
9 Eating 139
"Happy are those who are called to his supper" 140
The Personal Example of St. Francois 142
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles 145
Practicing Holiness: The Mass 148
10 Resting 152
The Sabbath Rest 153
The Teaching of St. Francois on the Need for Rest and Renewal 154
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles as Remedies against Anxiety and Depression 155
Practicing Holiness: The Annual Retreat 160
Conclusion 166
John XXIII: Salesian Saint 167
Belonging to God as a Way of Life 170
Some Suggestions for Further Personal Reflection 173
Notes 177
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