When the term "spirituality" is used today for many things, even without connection to God, our understanding relates it directly to the religious reality that is constitutive of being human. Spirituality, simply put, is the living out one's faith. It emphasizes the practical dimension (how one lives) that follows from the intellectual dimension (what one believes). It includes specifically religious activities, but surpasses pious practices to encompass the whole of one's life and the experience of a relationship with God that gives meaning and direction to one's experience.
According to Philip Sheldrake, editor of the "Traditions of Christian Spirituality" series, the many forms of spirituality share three common sources: (1) they are rooted in the Sacred Scriptures, especially the Gospel stories of the words and deeds of Jesus Christ, (2) they are developed within specific historical and cultural contexts, and (3) they are related to the wider tradition of religious practices and community life that are found in the universal Church. Among the numerous "schools" of spirituality, each usually associated with a saint and his/her legacy, the SALESIAN tradition is given life and expression by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) and St. Jane de Chantal (1572-1641). Their spirituality issues forth from a particular vision of human life as unfolding in a "world of conjoined human and divine hearts" (Wendy Wright).
The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture works to unite the intellectual and practical dimensions of spirituality by bringing the insights of the Salesian tradition to bear upon issues of contemporary concern.
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