Posted by: ioannespaulus | October 19, 2009

[UPCOMING TALK] Introduction to the Spiritual Life

Hello everybody!

I will be giving a faith formation talk on the Introduction to the Spiritual Life. It’s a two-part series. You are warmly invited to come and attend! There will also be Mass and makan at 6.15pm at the same venue. So if you’d like to, you may also wish to come early and join us. If you need directions as to how to get there, please drop me an e-mail.

Part I: The Life of a Catholic – The Life of Grace

Friday, 23 Oct 2009, 8pm @ National University of Singapore, LT16 (Business Faculty)

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In this session, we shall learn about the the basics of the Spiritual Life, and discover the answers to questions like: What is Man’s purpose in life? What constitutes happiness? How do we love and serve God? How do we sanctify society? What is grace, virtue, gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit? We shall look at the Fall of Man, and what it takes to restore Man back to his Original State.

Part II: Contemplation: How to Pray Like Never Before

Friday, 13 Nov 2009, 8pm @ National University of Singapore, LT16 (Business Faculty)

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In this session, we shall study the different developmental stages of the Spiritual Life, what to expect, growing pains, and spiritual pitfalls, obstacles, and problems we may face. Myths and misconceptions about prayer and the spiritual life will also be covered. At the same time, we shall learn about the different kinds of prayer and how to pray so as to develop our spiritual life and thus grow closer to God.

References Used:

  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • The Compendium of the Catholic Church
  • The Catechism of the Council of Trent
  • Documents from the Second Vatican Council
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Summa Theologica
  • Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., The Three Ages, Vol. I
  • Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., The Three Conversions in the Spiritual Life
  • Fr. A.M. Woodburry, S.M., Sanctifying Grace
  • Dom Jean Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O., The Soul of the Apostolate
  • Fr. Peter Thomas Rohrbach, O.C.D., Conversation with Christ – The teaching of St. Teresa of Avila about Personal Prayer
  • Fr. Jacques Philippe, Time for God
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