Kataphatic (Cataphatic) Spirituality


ChristCarryingTheCrossElGreco1580 kataphatic cataphatic spirituality

The use of the senses, and/or physical aids such as rosaries, stations of the cross, crèche, art, images, music, bells, incense, etc. to elevate one’s mind to God. It acknowledges that we can know a great deal about God through Christ’s self-revelation and the instruction of the Holy Spirit.  Also known as the via positiva or the way of ascent, it is sometimes called positive theology.



Art for this post kataphatic (cataphatic) spirituality: Christ Carrying the Cross, El Greco, 1580s,  PD-US author’s life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.


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