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

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



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Belonging to God: A Personal Training Guide for a Deeper Catholic Spiritual Life by Msgr. Charles M. Murphy

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824521486
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Becoming a Spiritual Person17
A Method19
We Are All Called to Be Holy21
Practicing Holiness23
Part 1Spirituality
1Five Spiritual Principles for Beginners27
The Spirituality of St. Francois de Sales30
The Five Spiritual Principles33
2Seeking a Spiritual Guide45
The Need for a Spiritual Guide45
The Qualities of a Good Spiritual Guide47
What Is Spiritual Direction?47
Spiritual Direction Today49
A Spiritual Direction Session with St. Francois51
How to Handle Anger (with Care!): A Case Study of Salesian Spirituality53
"The Particular Examen" as a Way to Handle Anger57
Finding a Spiritual Director58
3Developing a Personal Rule of Life60
Creating Our Own Inner Cortile62
Elements of a Personal Rule of Life63
Necessary Adaptations64
The Rule of Life of Terence Cardinal Cooke68
How to Design a Personal Rule of Life70
4The Goal of the Spiritual Life: Falling in Love With God73
An Experience of the Revelation of Divine Love: Aaron74
A Second Experience: Ste. Marguerite Marie Alacoque76
Part 2Life Situations
The Repentance That Leads to Conversion of Heart82
Changing: Life Studies84
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles88
Practicing Holiness: How to Make a General Confession89
Prayer: A Master Class98
Prayer: Life Studies102
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles107
Practicing Holiness: How to Meditate110
The Command to Love114
The Love of St. Francois de Sales and Ste. Jeanne Francoise de Chantal116
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles122
Practicing Holiness: Practicing the Small Virtues123
The Spiritual Meaning of Work128
Work in the Life of St. Francois131
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles134
Practicing Holiness: Working for the Kingdom of God135
"Happy are those who are called to his supper"140
The Personal Example of St. Francois142
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles145
Practicing Holiness: The Mass148
The Sabbath Rest153
The Teaching of St. Francois on the Need for Rest and Renewal154
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles as Remedies against Anxiety and Depression155
Practicing Holiness: The Annual Retreat160
John XXIII: Salesian Saint167
Belonging to God as a Way of Life170
Some Suggestions for Further Personal Reflection173

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