Friday, October 23, 2009

The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality


The lesson last night was an instruction in how to move our Catholicity to a higher level. I have had this book for two years. In that time, I have used it as a resource in my preparation for my RCIA presentation numerous times.

Quick story...I received my copy of Rediscovering Catholicism two years ago when we visited our son, Jimmy, for Christmas in Alpharetta, GA. His parish, Saint Brigid Catholic Church, gave this book to the entire church, members and visitors alike, for Christmas and was distributed Christmas Day. I took it home, read it and was awed.

A couple of months later I used it in one of the RCIA classes as part of the topic on Reconciliation. When all was said and done, the Director of RCIA, asked where I had gotten the book. I pulled a postcard from the book that suggested one could get 2 free books to share with others and so she took it to see if she could get those two plus purchase enough for the class...about 10 candidates. The next time I saw Bev I asked her if she was able to get the books. She told me that, not only was she able to get those two books, but she was sent free of charge enough books for the rest of the class and each of the sponsors.

Enough said! This man practices what he preaches!

So that brings us to those Seven Pillars...This topic is an entire section of the book.

Those pillars are:

Reconciliation
Contemplation
The Mass
The Bible
Fasting
Spiritual Reading
The Rosary

When I heard these topics explained I realized that by integrating each of these pillars sincerely into my life I can't help but become "The Best Version of Myself." It's got to be laborious, for nothing good can come from stagnation and laziness. I say, "Give it a TRY." You and I certainly have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Wishing you a GRAND day!!


~~~^j^~~~
Thanks be to God!

10 comments:

  1. Thank you, Cathy - I found the concept of 7 pillars to be new to me, and a good starting point for reflection.

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  2. Need to go back and finish his book for myself rather than trying to read it and make it work for my kids! You are inspiring me to enjoy it for myself, Cathy.

    blessings and hugs,

    marcy

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  3. His book Made for Joy is excellent as well.

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  4. I love this post Cathy, I need to re read my book (if I can find it) as I think I am even more receptive now than before. I love the sacraments and my rosary is with me always....:-) Hugs

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  5. Good morning sweet, sweet soul! How true, spirituality takes WORK and Jesus certainly was the best of teachers; He instructed us to put our foot to the path and our money where our mouth is and DO his work. Thank YOU Cathy, for always providing a place to allow our imaginations to run wild and see the possibilities of walking with God. Thank you ever so much for visiting me and Audrey for a cooking session! Blessings dearest, Anita

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  6. What a great way to think of it - as the seven pillars.

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