Spiritual Flourishing: Christianity’s Great Spiritual Practices

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Spiritual Flourishing: Christianity’s Great Spiritual Practices

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Fortify your spiritual diet through this practical regimen.

Spiritual Flourishing: Christianity’s Great Spiritual Practices is a series totally focused on helping you bring time-honored spiritual practices into your day-to-day life. Oftentimes we get caught up in hypothetical discussions about spirituality without ever taking concrete steps to build those ideas into our routines. Now is your chance to rectify that.

In this series, you will learn 12 centuries-old, tried and true practices. The following list gives you a taste of what’s in store:

  • Cultivating silence;

  • Practicing gratitude;

  • Sharpening your senses through fasting;

  • Focusing your attention through contemplation;

  • Praying with sacred images (e.g., icons or stained glass);

  • Reading the Bible and the newspaper; and

  • Keeping a journal—recording the key moments of your daily life (and your dreams) so that you can begin to trace God’s hand.

Like any great coach, Fr. Ciorra emphasizes regular practice. “These practices are not gimmicks or mere tools,” he cautions. “These are not 12 Easy Steps for Holiness.” On the contrary, each of the spiritual practices that you learn in this series will take time to develop. But the longer you are faithful to the practices you choose, the more the notion of  “practice” will start to fall away and the more you will find yourself adopting a way of life.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • An Invitation to Silence
  • Practicing Presence
  • Gratitude Can Change Your Life
  • Living an Examined and Purposeful Life
  • Contemplation: Another Way of Seeing
  • Centering Prayer
  • Holy Reading (Lectio Divina)
  • Holy Seeing (Visio Divina)
  • Discernment: A Way of Making Choices
  • Social Justice: The Bible and the Newspaper
  • Fasting and Feasting
  • Spiritual Direction and Journaling
About Your Presenter

Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., is a leading expert on Christian spirituality. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II awarded him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. In 2000, he was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism. His publications include Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad, 1995), Beauty: A Path to God (Paulist Press, 2013), and Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1998).

Fr. Ciorra holds graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University. Currently, he is Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to assuming this post, Fr. Ciorra occupied a number of leadership positions in higher education and beyond, including: dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University; director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth; and director of the ...

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