A Soul-centered Life: Exploring an Animated Spirituality

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-15
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People today are searching for meaning and purpose. They know that something is missing in their lives and long to fill this void. Many books on spirituality attempt to fill this need, and the approaches are nearly as numerous as the searchers themselves. Such a widespread desire in the human heart speaks to the spiritual hunger at the core of each one of us. It is this hunger of both the head and the heart that Michael Demkovich sees as key to spiritual integration. In this volume readers will rediscover that "there really is something more to life, and spirituality meets the mystery of this something more." A genuine spirituality must address two essential characteristics:

Author Biography

Michael Demkovich, OP, is the Gerald Vann Visiting Lecturer in Catholic Thought and Life at Blackfriars, Oxford. He is the founding director of the Dominican Ecclesiai Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and holds his doctorate from the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He is the author of various articles and Introducing Meister Eckhart (Ligouri, 2006).

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Understanding Spiritualityp. 1
Challengesp. 3
Perspectives on Spiritualityp. 5
Spirituality as Liturgyp. 6
Spirituality as Academic Disciplinep. 10
Spirituality as Historyp. 16
Spirituality and Theologyp. 18
Keeping the Spiritual Life Alivep. 20
The Life of the Soulp. 22
The Intellectually Meaningful Lifep. 25
The Morally Desirable Lifep. 28
Soul-centered: Psyche or Animalp. 30
Animation?p. 31
Important Benefitsp. 33
Animating Spiritualityp. 36
Methodology: What Does Spirituality Examine?p. 38
How the Factors Workp. 39
Approaching Spiritualityp. 45
Summaryp. 48
Spiritual Animationp. 51
Run the Good Race: The Ascetical Approachp. 55
Meet an Ascetic: Maximus the Confessorp. 55
Ascetic Spiritualityp. 58
Early Christianityp. 63
My Struggle Is One with Christp. 65
Christian Asceticism: The Victor's Crownp. 69
Conclusionp. 74
The Word Made Flesh, Dwelling Among Us: The Mystical Approachp. 76
Meet a Mystic: Catherine of Sienap. 76
Mystical Spiritualityp. 78
Christ Our Light and In His Light We See Lightp. 83
Christian Mysticism: Union with Godp. 88
Conclusionp. 94
God's Beauty Fills the Earth: The Aesthetical Approachp. 96
Meet an Aesthetic: Ignatius of Loyolap. 96
Aesthetic Spiritualityp. 101
A Changing Worldp. 101
Christian Aestheticism: God in Spirit and in Truthp. 109
The Grandeur of Godp. 116
Conclusionp. 121
Lord, When Did We See You in Need? The Social-Critical Approachp. 123
Meet a Social-Criticalist: Mother Teresa of Calcuttap. 123
Social-Critical Spiritualityp. 127
Modernityp. 128
Post-Modernityp. 129
Christian Social-Critical ism: Those Poor or Afflicted in Any Wayp. 133
Conclusionp. 141
Conclusionp. 143
The Study of Spirituality: Do You Love Me? Feed My Sheepp. 145
The Critical Study of Spirituality: Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mindp. 147
Animating Spiritualityp. 150
Indexp. 153
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