DPPL 67: Spiritual Life

STA altar at night smallDPPL 67-69 is presented under a heading of “The Subject of Popular Piety.” These are additions to magisterial comments of the previous sections 61-66 and briefly treat three issues, including today’s, the spiritual life:

67. The Church’s Magisterium, mindful that “the spiritual life…is not limited solely to participation in the liturgy” and that “the Christian…must enter into his bedroom to pray to his Father in secret”, indeed, “according to the teaching of the apostle, he must pray without ceasing”(SC 12), holds that the subject of the various forms of prayer is every Christian – clerics, religious and laity – both privately when moved by the Spirit of Christ, and when praying with the community in groups of different origins and types(Cf. GILH 9).

The choices we make in all of our configurations may have to do with liturgy (if not the sacraments, then the sanctification of time known as the Liturgy of the Hours) but it might also accept an invitation to express one’s faith collectively through devotion to a saint or some other form.

The full document, the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, is online at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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