Towards an Adult Spirituality in the 21st Century

This document was authored by members of Concerned Catholics of Montana at the request of Janet Hauter, Chairwoman of the American Catholic Council.  We have attempted to explore and define a spirituality for the faithful in our day and age.  This is a “draft” and with your help we hope to further refine and develop this document.

We strongly feel that this is an effort worth pursuing and look forward to comments and feedback from anyone interested in participating in this ongoing discussion of spirituality particularly as it relates to our ever busy and sometimes chaotic daily lives. And also as it relates to evolution, our ongoing discovery of relationship with the cosmos and our search within ourselves for a spirituality that helps us to engage more abundantly with that Gracious Mystery we name God.

Please share your thoughts with us by adding your comments at the bottom of this page.  The link below will allow you to view/print the document in PDF format.

Toward an Adult Spirituality in the 21st Century (7-1-12)

John Chuchman has taken our document and reformatted it into his poetic style.  The link below allows you to explore our document in his format.

A Theology of Today – John Chuchman

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8 Responses to Towards an Adult Spirituality in the 21st Century

  1. I think this document makes very good sense.

  2. rhosie says:

    To get the dialogue moving, we would like to pose a question or two…. We who drafted this document struggled mightily with how much was too much or too little in defining “Spirituality”.
    Have we left the reader with a sense that Spirituality is personal and unique and that each person must find their own meaningful definition, or is the document too dogmatic in it’s approach to a Lay Spirituality?
    Some have suggested that the document is too long. Please let us know if you agree with that and suggest ways to cut the document without diminishing the message we are trying to deliver.

  3. Isabel Larcey says:

    I did not find this article too long. It affirmed what I already knew instinctively, I am sure the Holy Spirit had been guiding me, so it was with great joy to find it written down by someone else who also is obviously being guided by the Spirit.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Helen says:

    Congratulations on putting the concept of spirituality at the high level it should be in our lives. So often it has been and still is a marginalised word amongst some Christians. One cleric told me it was intrinsically dangerous to use that terminology. The idea of writing one’s own Creed is also quite challenging. Perhaps more authentic than saying it with fingers crossed! Dom Bede Griffiths was writing similar material in 1980’s but because of living in India was given a hard time by Rome. When he gave the John Main Seminar he shifted our whole perception of God, a spiritual dimension, and the limitations of rituals which did not reflect contemporary human experience and expression among much else. The article is so refreshing and reflects the growing movement of Small Christian Communities and Living Cells throughout the world. Thank you.

  5. Kitty says:

    O dear, this article is totally New Age! No need for Jesus as Saviour then, no redemptive sacrifice? Just another good prophet. That doesn’t sound like the bible I know, but then I guess if you can make up your own creed then anything goes. This smacks of Hindu influences and cosmic spirituality. Certainly nothing to do with Catholicism. Have you been partaking in occult practices? If so, you may have opened yourself to dangerous influences. I pray the Spirit of Truth will lead you into complete truth in His One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

    • Do we really think God has stopped speaking (since Jesus’ time)?

      The real tragedy of Catholicism is that instead of helping people of all religions grow in their faith, it was turned into just another competing “ism.”

  6. bud malby says:

    @Kitty…
    “By their fruits you shall know them.”

    The people (who helped write the spirituality document) that I’ve met from association with Concerned Catholics of Montana are loving, considerate, non judgmental, forgiving, and totally tuned into the Lord Jesus, as well as passionate about the sacraments, especially the deepest meanings and implications of the Eucharist.

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