Upon completion of this course, students will have 1. a general familiarity with the factual contents of the course 2. a basic understanding of the terms “Christian vocation” and “Christian States of Life” 3. a basic knowledge of the main characteristics of the spirituality of the three traditional Christian States of Life – Priesthood, Religious Life and the Lay State. 4. a basic understanding of the nature and characteristics of Spiritual Direction 5. the ability to use the course material to present in essay form a clear, coherent and well-argued discussion of the topics outlined above using where appropriate quotations from Scripture, Church documents, other literary sources and reflections based on personal experience 6. the ability to recognise and explain the similarities and differences between the three traditional States of Life.
1. A Christian understanding of call and vocation in the context of the Universal Call to Holiness (Lumen Gentium) 2. Defining the Christian States of Life: difficulties and challenges; vocational discernment 3. The vocation and spirituality of the Laity with special reference to the Lay Apostolate 4. The vocation and the spirituality of the Consecrated Religious with special reference to the vow of consecrated celibacy 5. The vocation and the spirituality of the Priest with special reference to a personal programme of priestly spirituality 6. A brief introduction to Spiritual Direction with special reference to the specific focus of Spiritual Direction.
Notes composed by Francis Preston, SDB, and modified by Ivo Coelho. BARRY W.A.-CONNOLLY W.J, The Practice of Spiritual Direction (New York, Seabury, 1982); DULLES A., The Priestly Office: A Theological Reflection. New York, Paulist Press, 1997. Miller II, Richard W., ed. Lay Ministry in the Catholic Church. Missouri: Liguori 2005; Philibert, Paul J. Stewards of God’s Mysteries: Priestly Spirituality in a Changing Church. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004; Philibert, Paul J. The Priesthood of the Faithful: Key to a Living Church. Collegeville: Liturgical Press 2005; Power, Dermot. A Spiritual Theology of the Priesthood. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1998; Rossetti, Stephen J. The Joy of Priesthood. Notre Dame, Ave Maria Press 2005; Schneiders, Sandra M. Religious Life in a New Millennium.2 Vols. New York, Paulist Press 2000 2001; Shaw, Russell. Catholic Laity in the Mission of the Church. Bethune: Requiem Press 2005; Toups, David L. Reclaiming Our Priestly Character. Omaha: The Institute of Priestly Formation, 2008.