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Belonging to God : A Personal Training Guide for the Deeper Catholic Spiritual Life - Msgr. Charles M. Murphy

Belonging to God

A Personal Training Guide for the Deeper Catholic Spiritual Life

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This book is a practical, concise guide for busy Catholics who want to grow in their spiritual lives but don't have access to a spiritual director or hours of free time for daily prayer. Charles Murphy, retreat leader, diocesan director, and former rector of the North American College in vatican City, offers insights into the Catholic approach to spiritual formation, using principles from the spiritual tradition and examples drawn from the lives of everyday contemporary people. He focuses especially on Francois de Sales, a saint who knew that true spirituality always begins with who we already are, no matter how hassled and imperfect our lives may be. Filled with practical advice and enriched by Murphy's years of experience, "Belonging to God" answers Pope John Paul II's call to provide Catholics everywhere with "training in holiness."

Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 17
Becoming a Spiritual Personp. 17
A Methodp. 19
We Are All Called to Be Holyp. 21
Practicing Holinessp. 23
Five Spiritual Principles for Beginnersp. 27
The Spirituality of St. Francois de Salesp. 30
The Five Spiritual Principlesp. 33
Seeking a Spiritual Guidep. 45
The Need for a Spiritual Guidep. 45
The Qualities of a Good Spiritual Guidep. 47
What Is Spiritual Direction?p. 47
Spiritual Direction Todayp. 49
A Spiritual Direction Session with St. Francoisp. 51
How to Handle Anger (with Care!): A Case Study of Salesian Spiritualityp. 53
"The Particular Examen" as a Way to Handle Angerp. 57
Finding a Spiritual Directorp. 58
Developing a Personal Rule of Lifep. 60
Creating Our Own Inner Cortilep. 62
Elements of a Personal Rule of Lifep. 63
Necessary Adaptationsp. 64
The Rule of Life of Terence Cardinal Cookep. 68
How to Design a Personal Rule of Lifep. 70
The Goal of the Spiritual Life: Falling in Love With Godp. 73
An Experience of the Revelation of Divine Love: Aaronp. 74
A Second Experience: Ste. Marguerite Marie Alacoquep. 76
Life Situations
Changingp. 81
The Repentance That Leads to Conversion of Heartp. 82
Changing: Life Studiesp. 84
Applying the Five Spiritual Principlesp. 88
Practicing Holiness: How to Make a General Confessionp. 89
Prayingp. 96
Prayer: A Master Classp. 98
Prayer: Life Studiesp. 102
Applying the Five Spiritual Principlesp. 107
Practicing Holiness: How to Meditatep. 110
Lovingp. 113
The Command to Lovep. 114
The Love of St. Francois de Sales and Ste. Jeanne Francoise de Chantalp. 116
Applying the Five Spiritual Principlesp. 122
Practicing Holiness: Practicing the Small Virtuesp. 123
Workingp. 127
The Spiritual Meaning of Workp. 128
Work in the Life of St. Francoisp. 131
Applying the Five Spiritual Principlesp. 134
Practicing Holiness: Working for the Kingdom of Godp. 135
Eatingp. 139
"Happy are those who are called to his supper"p. 140
The Personal Example of St. Francoisp. 142
Applying the Five Spiritual Principlesp. 145
Practicing Holiness: The Massp. 148
Restingp. 152
The Sabbath Restp. 153
The Teaching of St. Francois on the Need for Rest and Renewalp. 154
Applying the Five Spiritual Principles as Remedies against Anxiety and Depressionp. 155
Practicing Holiness: The Annual Retreatp. 160
Conclusionp. 166
John XXIII: Salesian Saintp. 167
Belonging to God as a Way of Lifep. 170
Some Suggestions for Further Personal Reflectionp. 173
Notesp. 177
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ISBN: 9780824521486
ISBN-10: 082452148X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 182
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.82  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.25