SPIRITUALITY



Our world is home to many faith traditions. Because we fear that anyone tradition will take over us. In doing so, we domesticate it, relegating religion. Churchgoer or not, deep within each human being radiates the spirituality that is, Am I a spiritual being?


It is the Spirituality that shines out from the lantern of any faith tradition on the lampstand of home. It shines out or is cloaked even in the rejection of any faith tradition, for it is the spiritual person who is doing the rejecting. We long to be connected with what matters, and so we make decisions to go after what we think will satisfy that longing. Frail as we are, we seek out intimacy with the Holy while being terrified it might consume us. and self-interest, so deep down we fear it. But we long for intimacy with the human too. So sometimes we long that we can manipulate and abuse each other in trying to satisfy it. Yet when we hurt, our hearts long to be comforted by a genuine caring presence, human or divine.


From my point of view, spirituality is a real presence. It is being real, or fully human, and being really present—to myself, others, nature, the cosmos, the Divine. Said rather tritely, it is being all there wherever there happens to be. Spirituality is the experience of one’s relationship with God in faith (coming to know God), and the ways in which one lives out that faith (one’s response to God, including the prayer and work performed in faith). Spirituality may also be described as the way one responds to the Spirit of God, both in one’s prayer and actions. signal a life lived in harmony with God’s spirit”. Simply put, spirituality is that which brings a person to inner transformation. Christian spirituality is formed within the community of the Church.


One’s spirituality is reflected in a person’s life. Spirituality cannot be reduced to any of these any more than our presence can be reduced to our psychology, religion, or interpersonal skills. Spirituality is the tone of the Self. The beauty of Spirituality is real, genuinely present to any person. By its very nature, it is something

pointing beyond our human limits, something transcendent, even if we reject the existence of such a reality. The gift of real presence is received from another.


Spirituality is the experience of one’s relationship with God in faith (coming to know God), and the ways in which one lives out that faith (one’s response to God, including the prayer and work performed in faith). Spirituality may also be described as the way one responds to the Spirit of God, both in one’s prayer and actions. signal a life lived in harmony with God’s spirit”. Simply put, spirituality is that which brings a person to inner transformation. Christian spirituality is formed within the community of the Church.


Having a Foundation in Spirituality brings striking new insights into the relationship of the human with the divine. Charting our intentionality offers us a functional explanation of the operations of the human spirit. Why is this important, and what will it mean to a study of spirituality? It is important because the function is empirical and the scientific mind cannot disregard it. The empirical function is the doorway through which the human can be explored psychologically, socially, and spiritually, as well as religiously. Interiority analysis suggests that consciousness functions differently through identifiable sets of human operations. These operations clarify what human knowing really is and when it is reached, and what human willing is, and when we are engaged in it. Perhaps most of all, the self-appropriation that results from charting our intentionality reveals what a developed conscience actually is—a human consciousness operating on the fourth level of operation and aware that it is responsible for the choices it makes. We may begin to understand better what “having full knowledge and full choice” might really mean regarding moral responsibility.


The marvel of the human spirit and its search for the facts calls us to seek the truth. The attempt we make to redefine the soul and body in terms of the functions of the Human Being, Psyche, and Spirit offers an empirical possibility to the sciences to ground religious experience. This grounding allows us to pose the question of how faith functions. The human spirit and its operations are natural and constitutive of the human being. The human is thus “spiritual” by nature.


May God Bless Us All.