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Connecting with God: reflections and activities

Michele Frankeni  |  22 November 2018

Read Strands of spirituality in the Catholic church in the summer 2018/19 edition of Australian Catholics and take part in the following reflections and activities.

Questions

  • Who were the impetus for the different strands of spirituality?
  • Why do you think there are different strands of spirituality rather than one single strand?
  • What is the emphasis of Benedictine spirituality?
  • How did St Francis of Assisi see God?
  • What do all the strands of spirituality have in common? What are the sources of difference? 
  • Despite the different strands, they all live in harmony in the Church. Why is that?
  • What is the difference between having different strands of spirituality in Catholicism, and having different strands of Christianity (e.g. Anglicanism) or different religions (e.g. Judaism or Islam).

Activities

Choose a strand of spirituality that appeals to you. If you’re stuck, try Australian Catholics Finding your spiritual guide quiz. Once you’ve settled on a spirituality, either individually or in small groups, investigate its origins and in particular the story and writings of one of the founders of the movement.

Prepare a presentation for the class on your chosen founder. You should be explaining how or why their particular brand of spirituality grew. What was the catalyst? Were there any problems or issues.

The presentation could be a brief play, powerpoint, video, podcast or a poster.

Organise a short ‘retreat’ based on your chosen strand of spirituality. What prayers, music, meditation, readings would you use? You could also integrate your presentation.

After you’ve each held your ‘retreats’, discuss which one best suited your requirements and why.

For younger students

Discuss with them the saints and the different ways they communicated with God. Then talk with the students about how they communicate with God. What prayers do they know? Ask them to recall and think about prayers they said before and after meals and at bedtime. Let them choose a favourite prayer to write and illustrate. Volunteers can say their prayer for the class.

Talk with them the different kinds of psalms – praise, thanksgiving, intercession, and wisdom. Using bibles, ask the groups to find examples of each psalm. The group that correctly identifies all the types of psalm first, wins.  

 

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