Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Early Christian Spirituality
As you all know, Michael is off in Bocas del Toro having the time of his life at convention. Knowing him, he'll come home with many a tale to tell all of us.
Well, he got some crazy idea that I would blog while he's away. Lordy, I don't know what to talk about, so I was thinking you might help me make sense of stuff I'm reading on spirituality.
From what I'm gathering, Ignatius believed spirituality was "based on the Eucharistic community" and there should only be one church in each community because he believed it represented the body of Christ. So, one church, one Bishop. What happens if two Bishops happen to be in town together because one was passing through? Would that mean he couldn't come to the Eucharist?
Now Origen was more into the struggle of the human experience against passions and aspiring toward either a mind or soul mystical union with the Logos of God.
Then there was Macarian who, from what I'm understanding thought spirituality came from the heart.
For all you priestly people, and I say that with love, is any of this right? Does this make sense? Expansion and clarification in layman's words would be fine and appreciated.
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