What are your thoughts regarding both this post and Spiritual Direction in general?
If anyone makes himself his own master in the spiritual life, he makes himself scholar to a fool. – St Bernard
Having finished English Spirituality, I’ve now moved on to another book by Martin Thornton: Christian Proficiency, which aims to provide a more practical guide to living out the principles of “English spirituality”.
“Proficiency” refers to the spiritual life of “a sound ‘ordinary’ Christian” – one who is neither a beginner in the Christian life, “yet far from perfection”. The framework within which Thornton sees such a Christian engaging in prayer is the threefold “Rule” which he sets out in English Spirituality:
- Private prayer
The last of these is then split into:
- Mental prayer (such as imaginative or intellectual meditation on the life of Christ or the doctrines of the church)
- Colloquy (which in turn consists of petition, self-examination and confession, intercession, thanksgiving, and adoration)
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