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22 February 2009


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Our homeschool group's book club is reading _Paths to Renewal_ http://www.amazon.com/Paths-Renewal-Spiritualities-Religious-Augustine/dp/0818907940/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235359689&sr=8-7

This book has the thesis that there are 6 distinct spiritualities within the Catholic Church--Benedictine, Augustinian, Dominican, Franciscan, Teresian (Carmelite), and Ignatian. I am hoping to use this book and other resources to help me discern my path to Holiness and God. It really is mindboggling all of the Catholic devotions and as a convert I still don't feel like I've found my niche--though I've tried a number on "for size". I look forward to reading the article you linked to, as it should go deeper into the particulars of Dominican spirituality. I will look for similar documents/articles about the other major spiritualities, as well.

I have to agree that I wonder what Christianity would look like if we were still unified as Christ prayed that we would be. I so appreciate my Protestant (Pentecostal) background, as it led me to Jesus. But, I was never Home until 7 years ago this Easter.



Thanks for the book recommendation! That sounds really great. I'm going to see if my library has it.

Barbara C.

I know exactly what you mean. I think even most cradle Catholics don't appreciate the incredible diversity within the Church. I can't help wondering if many people who have left the Church for another denomination just didn't realize that they could probably could have found what they were looking for just by switching to another parish or really looking inside the Church before looking outside of it.

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