10 SPIRITUALITY - Fr M.A. Leo Anand SJ

posted Jun 20, 2018, 9:10 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 9:10 AM ]
We need to stand in a platform/a reference point to say what spirituality is and what it means. Where we stand reflects our own experience, which colours or stresses certain areas which have either influenced us or affected us in various ways. When we try to define spirituality, we need to consider our own existential nature and reality in relationship to God and the world. Spirituality cannot make sense in isolated terms, but in terms of relationality. In Christian terminology, we can say that this relationship with which we tend to define is the communion which is established with self, God and the world - the Koinonia, the other co-humans and the Nature and cosmos.

As theology would be a reflection and praxis of revelation, spirituality would mean a revisiting and reliving the purpose of revelation in the present context with a personal yes to a collective responsibility. As God continues to reveal in and through Creation, our personal responsibility is to look into it attentively and be a people of enlightenment. An authentic spirituality gives new life and meaning, here and now, in concrete realities.

Christian Spirituality has its roots in the person of Jesus and in the values of the Gospel. It is a wake up call to return to the roots of the Gospel in a more authentic way in one's life situations with practices and understanding, focusing on the Christ ways and teachings in the present context, according to the signs of the times. Thus, giving a new fragrance to the Gospel, it emerges as a spark and spreads across and attracts people who find meaning in this way of life and discipline.