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The Silent Sermon

Fr. John Bakas, HuffPost 9/27/08


A member of a certain parish, who previously had been attending services regularly, suddenly stopped coming to church. After a few weeks, the priest decided to pay him a visit. >>More





Christianity and Spirituality


Christianity is divided into three major groups. These are Catholic, conservative Protestant, and liberal Protestant. The manner in which each group embraces spirituality is significantly different.

Catholic Spirituality


From the Catholic Spirituality Encyclopedia, we learn the following:


"The Spiritual life for Roman Catholics. Once a Catholic has accepted the faith (fides quae creditur) by making a personal act of faith (fides qua creditur), then one lives out faith throughout spirituality. Although all Catholics are expected to pray together at Mass, there are many different forms of spirituality and private prayer which have developed over the centuries. Each of the major religious orders of the Catholic Church has its own unique spirituality - its own way of approaching God in prayer and in living out the Gospel." >>More

Conservative Protestant Spirituality


Conservative Protestant Christians are also called traditionalist, orthodox, fundamentalist, or evangelical. From which has surveyed thousands of Christians, we learn the following:


"Conservative Protestants are Bible-centered, viewing the Holy Bible as the final and only authority, the inerrant Word of God, interpreted literally as law."


This group believes that spirituality is synonymous with Christianity and that one must be "saved" or "born again" to belong. There is a strong belief in the work and influence of evil in the form of Satan, and that Satan (or the Devil) causes suffering, especially among those who are unsaved. More

Liberal Protestant Spirituality


Liberal Protestant Christians are also called secular or humanistic. From, we learn the following:


"Liberal Protestants hat view the Bible as the witness of God rather than the word of God, to be interpreted in its historical context through critical analysis"


Liberal Protestants generally believe that spirituality may be developed through study and prayer and that there is no spiritual reason for suffering. >>More

Christian Spirituality and the Elderly


Christians are strong givers of money, time and loving care to those in need including the elderly. Some of the earliest nursing homes were affiliated with Christian churches and made possible by the gifts and bequests of Christian church members.