offered many suggestions for one to become in tune with his or her own spirituality. The book
lived the word of God. In a spiritual journey one should look at the works of these people in
develop a person’s spirituality by allowing insight on what others have seen and done, more
like developing a discipleship to follow the word of God.
The spiritual journey can been seen in stages of a person’s life through the sacraments:
the Second Vatican Council the church is seen as a “pilgrim people”. Meaning that we are
still learning on our journey to know Jesus. Whichever way you see the spiritual journey it is
know that we are not alone when we are making our journey. There are people/friends that
can help to encourage us, or an author’s works which can enlighten us to keep up our journey
to a spiritual life.
prayer has meaning and is the connection to God. Prayer is the belief in faith.
prayer, you can make meditation and prayer a daily activity, that involves quiet reflective
petition to Him, to thank Him, and to adore Him. Praying is also a time to listen to what
God may have to say to.
are invoking the grace of God. It is a means of attaining a conscious union with God through
Meditation and contemplation is the search for God.
Asceticism allows one to reach a higher spiritual state by using self-discipline and
self-denial. This is accomplished by doing certain practices such as fasting, voluntary
celibacy, praying or a life of charity to mention a few. These practices are the means to a
into prayer, meditation and contemplation so that you hear God speaking to you, therefore
you become closer to God.
The mystical experience is an encounter with God. The book describes it as “an
the presence of God.”(pg. 124) Some mystics that may be of interest are
Bernard of Clairvaux, Hildegard and Julian Norwich. These authors have written of their
the mystics can help one to live in the presence of God.
Solitude is time for reflection. Solitude is a time to become in tune with yourself and
God. Once you have had this time of solitude you are more in tune to take back to
the community what you may have felt or learned. The book sums up the idea by saying
“Quiet times, some silence, some time alone is necessary for everyone who seeks sanity and
holiness. Moreover, the search for God and the discernment of important decisions in life
require reflection and prayer that only solitude makes possible.”(pg. 160)
for happiness, and they help each other become virtuous” therefore, “virtue and happiness
enlighten us as a person because of the sharing done between people.
necessary factor to bring the spiritual life to it’s peak. The Eucharist is the worshipping of the
triune of God. It is a time to listen to the word of God, rejoice in the presence of God, to
the message of the Holy Spirit.
Spirituality has different meanings to everyone. Above only summarizes a small portion of
what encompasses the meaning of spirituality. With practice, devotion, and discovery one
can come to understand the meanings of spirituality and become closer to God by doing so.