Kataphatic (Cataphatic) Spirituality

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.

 

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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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