Male Spirituality
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(06-04-2012, 01:11 AM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: What is male spirituality or masculine spirituality? I want to see a few thoughts before I climb on my soapbox.

I think this is called Christianity.
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#62
Some stuff on feminine spirituality, that some may find interesting. By St Teresa Benedicta:

http://essays.quotidiana.org/stein/feminine_vocations/
http://essays.quotidiana.org/stein/womans_formation/
http://essays.quotidiana.org/stein/womans_soul/
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#63
Thanks Scriptorium! I didn't plan on reopening discussion on this but I'm looking forward to reading the thoughts of a saint and a woman so familiar with Catholic philosophy. You know her feast day is coming up August 9th? 
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(08-07-2012, 04:41 PM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: Thanks Scriptorium! I didn't plan on reopening discussion on this but I'm looking forward to reading the thoughts of a saint and a woman so familiar with Catholic philosophy. You know her feast day is coming up August 9th? 

Yes, hence some of the read up on her life and work. Soon I am starting her central work, "Finite and Eternal Being: An Attempt at an Ascent to the Meaning of Being." That will keep me on my toes. This will be the 70th anniversary of her death, by the way. And the prayer:

http://catholicforum.fisheaters.com/inde...606.0.html
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#65
Something from Fr Leonardo Castellani book Christ and the Pharisees:

Quote:The Lion of Judah, the Son of David… People weren't deceived about Christ's personality. They saw a leader. They were foxed by the type of leadership he embodied. They wanted to make him a king; a temporal king and a revolutionary as the Pharisees would have it and taught them to believe.

They didn't see in him the man of "infinite resignations" that Tolstoy saw… and Almafuerte. Those are no good as leaders.

"Seuls les coeurs de lion sont les vraies coeurs de père…"

That's why it's a fine thing to put fire in Jesus's Heart; but none of the ambiguous modern fires: the fires of romantic passion, the sparkler fire of effeminate sweetness.

Consequently Catholic religion is not too masculine, nor too feminine. These days it is an unbalanced religion where both the masculine and feminine aspects have been exaggerated in order to flatter a cheap and ignorant public: for instance, the masculine aspects of what is legal, prescriptive and disciplinary with which bossy clerics sometimes think they are ruling the world—and they're only doing harm; or the feminine aspects of tenderness, of what is conciliatory, a certain indifferent benevolence with which other rascals (sometimes they're the same people) easily conquer audiences and are followed by flocks of fans.

In short, nowadays, Christ's religion, such as it is presented, is an unhuman religion, a dehumanised, a disembodied one (and, therefore, you'll find no man or woman here)—at least that's the religion preached by countless charlatans and the one you encounter in the practices of lots of self-righteous Pharisees.

Because the supreme completion of the Pharisees' leaven results in a dehumanised religion and in that way they have successfully refashioned it into an ungodly thing; and that—strange thing—by making it too human; I mean, much too much like themselves; absolutely excluding any other "spirit". "You hath a devil spirit, you hath a bad spirit"—they said to Christ.

"Anyone with a different spirit from mine, hath a bad spirit"; at heart, that is what a Pharisee thinks.

The opposite is exactly true.

If someone wants to read the book, here is:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/174468

Blessings!

:)
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