Theological Reflection: Connecting Faith and Life

Theological Reflection: Connecting Faith and Life

by Joye Gros
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Loyola Press

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Theological Reflection: Connecting Faith and Life

Many people today are asking the “meaning-making” questions. We want our lives to have meaning. We want to know how our faith informs our work life, how our family life enhances our spirituality, and how we can feel less fragmented and more whole. These are the spiritual questions of life. They are wisdom-seeking invitations stirring within the depths of our souls. These are the hungers that theological reflection can help feed.
This book offers an understanding of theological reflection—a model and a method. It will not only illustrate how readers may use theological reflection in their own spiritual development but will also show how to facilitate the process with others.
—From the introduction

In Theological Reflection: Connecting Faith and Life, principles of theological reflection are presented to help the believer connect faith teaching and life. Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Ministry Series offers an in-depth yet accessible understanding of the fundamentals of the Catholic faith for adults, both those active in pastoral ministry and those preparing for ministry. The series helps readers explore the Catholic tradition and apply what they have learned to their lives and ministry situations. Includes study questions and suggestions for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829417241
Publisher: Loyola Press
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Series: Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Ministry Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 415,732
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Series vii Certification Standards: National Resources for Church Ministry viii Preface x Introduction xi

Chapter 1: Theological Reflection: The What and the Why
Theological Reflection: A Natural Activity 3
The Potential for Transformation 5
For Reflection 6

Chapter 2: Theological Reflection: The Mode
l 7
Experience 8
Tradition 11
Culture 12
For Reflection 14

Chapter 3: Theological Reflection: The Method
Attending 17
Asserting 19
Decision Making 21
For Reflection 22

Chapter 4: Theological Reflection: How to Begin 23
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults 24
Faith-Sharing Group 27
Religious Education Class 31
For Reflection 33

Chapter 5: Theological Reflection: The Facilitato
r 35
You as the Facilitator 36
Gaining Clarity About Feelings 38
Staying with the Experience 40
Guidelines for Faith Sharing 41
Framing the Questions 43
Challenges and Gifts Within a Group 45
For Reflection 47

Chapter 6: Theological Reflection: The Discipline of Authenticit
y 48
Facilitators Serve as Formed and Informed Resources 49
Facilitators Are Deep Listeners 50
Facilitators Are Faithful to the Tradition 50
Attending to Preparation 51
For Reflection 54

Chapter 7: Theological Reflection: What’s It to Me
? 56
Reciprocity: The Nature of Ministry 59
For Reflection 61

Abbreviations 62
Bibliography 63
Recommended Resources 65
Acknowledgments 67
About the Author 68

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