Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lay Spirituality

Dom Columba Marmion and Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. have both been credited with reminding Catholics that all are called to sanctity, not just priests and religious, and foreshadowing Vatican's II teaching on the Universal Call to Holiness; do they get as much attention as St. Josemaria Escrivá in this regard? It seems that Dom Columba Marmion will eventually be raised to the altars; what of Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange?

What sort of prayer life is ideal for the lay person? Is there one prayer regimen that is applicable to all, and what role does the liturgy of the hours play within it? Someone may have very limited opportunity to pray, because of the demands of life or constraints on time that have been imposed on him. God can compensate for this. But this is not the same thing as saying that Catholics on their own perogative should choose a way of life that is so active that the contemplative aspect is virtually eliminated. Setting aside time for prayer, even if it is limited, is necessary for beginners. Those who are deprived of this opportunity by others are suffering, and there may even be injustice involved.



A Saint in Heaven
Reginald Garrigou
The Ordinary Path to Holiness by R. Thomas Richard, PhD
The Ordinary Path to Holiness
Jordan Aumann OP: Spiritual Theology in the Thomistic Tradition

2 comments:

Thomas said...

Thank you for the recommendation of my book, The Ordinary Path to Holiness. I am encourage to read your reminder of our call to holiness! How we need a life of prayer. More than "saying prayers," we need to discover the close, close presence of God in every moment. In Him we find a life of prayer. It is a life of prayer that makes real our praying.

Maybe you'd like to visit my blog from time to time - thank you for this one.

Thomas said...

Thank you for the recommendation of my book, The Ordinary Path to Holiness. I am encouraged to read your reminder of our call to holiness! How we need a life of prayer. More than "saying prayers," we need to discover the close, close presence of God in every moment. In Him we find a life of prayer. It is a life of prayer that makes real our praying.

Maybe you'd like to visit my blog from time to time - thank you for this one.

edited for typo - sorry.