General Objectives: To deepen the theoretical, historical and practical backgrounds of Spiritual Theology. To lead the students to appreciate the richness of the Christian experience of the incarnation of the Spirit. To recognize the presence of the Living Spirit also in other Christian and religious traditions.
Course Outline: 1. Meaning of Spirituality and Spiritual Theology 1.1 The root Meaning of Spirituality: Ways of Describing Spirituality 1.2 The Nature of Spiritual Theology 1.3 Spirituality as Spiritual Theology. 2. Biblical Spirituality 1.1 The Spirituality of the Old Testament 2.2 The Spirituality of the New Testament 3. The Christian Doctrine of God as Foundation of Christian Spirituality 3.1 Nature and Implication of Trinitarian Spirituality 3.2 In the Spirit: Pathways toward a Trinitarian experience of God 4. Church’s teachings about Spirituality and Spiritual Theology; 4.1 Short history of Spiritual Theology as discipline; 4.2 The Church as Context for Christian Spirituality 4.3 Sacramentality and Christian spirituality. 5. Overview of the Christian Spirituality’s heritage: 5.1 Spirituality of the Early Church – Patristic Era 5.2 Spiritual Renewal in the Medieval East and West 5.3 Reformation Spirituality, Protestant and Roman Catholic 6. Human Life as Mystery: the Need for Spirituality 6.1 The Practice of the Spiritual Life 6.2 Spiritual Experience: the Self at the Presence of Mystery 6.3 Journey Towards Spiritual Maturity 7. The Art of Spiritual Direction and Discernment 7.1 Discerning the Spirit and Problems of Spiritual Life 7.2 The Nature of Spiritual Direction 7.3 The Director and the Process of Spiritual D ir ection 8. Contemporary Spirituality in Church and World Religions 8.1 Ecumenical Spirituality within the Journey of the Communities 8.2 Christian Spirituality and Theological Ethics in Secular Societies 8.3 Christian Spirituality Encountering: Jewish- Muslim Mysticism and Asian Spiritual Traditions
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Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to make their own definition of Spiritual Theology and substantiate it using Magisterial documents, sources of the Christian Tradition, and thoughts of past and contemporary spiritual writers; to demonstrate how to go towards a mature spirituality, a growth through spiritual experience which makes able the person to be guided accompanied by the Spirit and in processes of discernment.