MEDITATION: Reflective prayer. It is that form of mental prayer in which the mind, in God’s presence, thinks about God and divine things. While the
Mysticism – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary MYSTICISM: The supernatural state of soul in which God is known in a way that no
PENANCE: The virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one’s own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which
Movement – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary MOVEMENT: An Ecclesial organization with canonical recognition that provides defined paths to living out baptismal commitments, discipleship,
Magisterium – Spiritual Dictionary MAGISTERIUM – Spiritual Dictionary: The Church’s teaching authority, vested in the bishops, as successors of the Apostles, under the Roman Pontiff,
IMPERFECTIONS: Deficiencies of character that, although not as serious as mortal or venial sins, are nonetheless obstacles to attaining Christian perfection and union with God.
FORMATION: The act or process of developing someone in all realms of human experience but in particular those that help the human person come to
PARTICULAR EXAMEN: Regular prayerful examination of one’s conscience by concentrating on some one particular moral failing to be overcome or virtue to be exercised. Its
EXAMEN: Reflection in God’s presence on one’s state of soul that has some reference to a specific adopted standard of conduct (i.e. Rule of Life
EXAMEN – PARTICULAR: Regular prayerful examination of one’s conscience by concentrating on some one particular moral failing to be overcome or virtue to be exercised.
INTENTION: An act of the will tending effectively to some good, proposed by the mind as desirable and attainable. It differs from simply willing, which
DETACHMENT: In asceticism the withholding of undue affection for creatures for the sake of the Creator. When mortal sin is involved, detachment is imperative for
CONSOLATION: An interior movement aroused in the soul, by which it is inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord. It is likewise consolation when