The Hidden Poetry Within: The Spirituality of the Laity: A 'REALL' Spirituality

The Hidden Poetry Within: The Spirituality of the Laity: A 'REALL' Spirituality

by Rev. Frank William Devoy


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Hidden Poetry Within offers the laity a unique framework, one that allows them put words around the considerable extent of their spirituality. It helps them to recognize and articulate the many facets that comprise it, giving them sound reasons for embracing more than the often-heard expression: "I'm not holy enough." The framework-simple in style and comprehensive in design-is built around the acronym REALL, which identifies five essential aspects of the spirituality of the laity: their Relational, Existential, Authentic, Life-giving Communion, and Liturgical life, with each being developed in detail.

While many thousands of laity across the globe are engaged in the transformation of people's faith and life-formally and informally-for the Christian betterment of others, and are well qualified for their various tasks, many appear unaware of the expansive nature of their spirituality-the what of it, the where of it's growth, and how it comes about; its nature, its multi-faceted contexts, and the practices that promote it. Many desire a deeper understanding of their spirituality. They deserve better, and this book offers to provide that. It is written as much for the clergy as it is for the laity-there are many aspects of the vocation and mission of the laity that may be appreciated more adequately by the clergy as they read its pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781985624030
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Father Frank Devoy is a priest of the Lismore Diocese in NSW, Australia. He was ordained in 1967 and appointed Assistant Priest in Mullumbimby-Brunswick Heads. Then spanning a period of 15 years he was Inspector of Schools / Director of Catholic Education and later Bishop's Secretary and Chancellor. He became Parish Priest of Grafton in 1984 and Byron Bay-Bangalow in 1998.

Among his many appointments, Frank was Director of Clergy Life and Ministry for his Diocese and a member of the National Commission. In January 2006 he was appointed National Director for Clergy Life and Ministry for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, a position he held for seven years.

Frank has a Masters Degree in the behavioural sciences from the School of Education, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, and a Masters and Doctorate from Columbia University, New York focusing on the anthropological foundations of the family. He has since undertaken sabbaticals at Tantur in Jerusalem and Louvain in Belgium.

Frank is the author of "The Spirituality of Diocesan Priests: Bearers of the Incarnated Face of God," published by the Australian Catholic Bishops and given by them as a gift to the priest of Australia during the Year of Grace in 2012.

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