Allowing God in My Life Throughout this semester in Christian Spirituality, we had to read three books: God’s Joyful Surprise by Sue Monk Kidd, Reaching Out by Henri J.M. Nouwen, and Living the Wisdom of St. Francis by Wayne Simsic. I enjoyed reading all three of these books, although while reading each I had a hard time understanding some parts to them. My least favorite book was Reaching Out because it wasn’t an easy read for me. The other two books had specific people each author focused on and Reaching Out was a more general focus. Over all I have to say, Living the Wisdom of Saint Francis was my favorite book to read because I already had some knowledge of St. Francis coming from Catholic schools my whole life. Previous knowledge of Saint Francis of Assisi before this class was that he was the patron saint of animals and came from a wealthy family. After Francis had a vision one day he became the helper of all lepers for healing. I also know that St. Francis loved nature and singing. In grade school Francis’s singing was a big part of his life to him, and all his followers. With singing came joy and praise for Francis and the followers. Saint Francis’s father, Pietro, pushed him to follow in the footsteps of himself and carry on the family wealth. Now that this class has broadened my knowledge, I now know there is a much more greater story with more meaning behind it. Not only was Saint Francis’s father a wealthy, known man, but also the last thing he wanted for his son was to make him a follower of God and who lived in town knew it. Pietro Bernardone wanted his son, Francis, to become a merchant as he was so Francis could reflect his craze with France. Throughout his entire life, Saint Francis enjoyed the easy life with a rich father. The town loved Francis and his father and it was known because Francis was always a happy, joyful, singing man. As he got older he was a leader of the wild party people, but Francis knew this was going to change. One day Francis decided to carry on his dream of becoming a noble knight. One day while being a knight he always dreamed of, Saint Francis had another dream, and this time it was even bigger; a dream where God told him to return home. Because of this call from God, Francis’s village and even his father poked fun at them. One day Francis was riding through the streets on a horse and came across a leper and suddenly kissed his hand, and the leper disappeared. The people standing around watching this still did not believe Francis, especially the other lepers because he came riding in on a horse, and most people would not. None of the villagers or lepers took Francis seriously in his conversion. After his conversion Francis found himself at San Damiano, where an ancient church stood. While praying there Francis claims the cross-talked to him and told him, “Repair my church”. Francis took this literally and wanted to rebuild the structure of the church at San Damiano, but God was really telling him to rebuild the community with joy and praise. Because Francis mistook God’s word, Pietro Bernardone brought Francis before the bishop in front of the town and demanded Francis not rebuild the church with “stolen” money. Francis was told by the bishop to return all the money and God will provide. Francis gave the money back and stripped in his footsteps and said, “Pietro Bernardone is no longer my father. From now on I can say with complete freedom, 'Our Father who art in heaven.” Soon Francis started to preach; he preached about returning to God and obedience to the Church. Soon the Church was rebuilt. The theme that deals with this part of the book of Living the Wisdom of St. Francis is finding God’s calling. St. Francis goes from loneliness to solitude. His loneliness was when he was taken prisoner for being a rich knight and there, Francis had his dream of God calling to him. St. Francis subverted everything he had and was supposed to be a
could have grown during that time and set the example for other Christian leaders.
His role in the lives of over ten presidents brought Christ-like influence to the Presidents of the United States of America. This on another level is Billy Graham having Christian influence on the leader of the free world. His relationships with key people were not for his own glory, but for the advancement for the Kingdom of God.
Christianity gets treated like another compartment in life…
GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
Spirituality in Health Care
Spirituality is a term that has never-ending definitions and has different meaning for everyone based on faith. Everybody believe that spirituality is what you believe in and it’s the “ongoing effort to grow our relationship with God, we already have a close relationship with God but helps to build and strengthen through Scripture reading and prayers Which is not a series…
Christian Clients’ Preference
Regarding Prayer as a Counseling Intervention
A review by
The journal article that I reviewed studied the preference of a client in the integration of prayer in the professional counseling session. The article began by depicting the mental health practitioner’s increase of consideration concerning spirituality. Clients are asking specifically for a spiritual intervention when they are pursuing counseling. Not…
aware of the patient’s cultural and spiritual preferences and allow the patient to observe their practices when possible to encourage healing. Comparison and contrast will be discussed in this paper from the Christians perspective versus those of Buddhist, Muslims, and Native American Spirituality faiths.
Practicing healthcare in a diverse clinical setting brings the health care worker into contact with many different people from varying cultural and spiritual backgrounds. Embracing the differences…
Vietnam war- refugees (Buddhist, catholic)
2000- middle east Christians
High- birth and migrant rates- baptized but not practicing
Christianity instituationalised- law, system of gov, holidays, schools+colleges, charities
2006 64% christians
Contemporary Aboriginal Spiritualties
Discuss how Aboriginal spirituality is determined by the Dreaming
The dreaming is a fundamental, underlying aspect of Aboriginal Spirituality that refers to Aboriginal Spiritual Beliefs about creation and existence…
intellectual talks and discussions regarding the spirituality and beliefs of my co-workers. An understanding developed in this class and the readings assigned to us, helps me develop a healthier perspective on spiritual life. “Balancing the Christian Life”, by Charles C. Ryrie, in particular has been a good read to reflect on some fundamental biblical concepts, my responsibilities to develop a Christ centric lifestyle and some practical issues affecting a Christian lifestyle which is seen prevalent in the…
Because of societal changes caused by Eastern influence, a patriarchical system conquered all aspects of life including religion. Today, the loss of a strong female presence in Judeo-Christian beliefs has prompted believers to look to other sources that celebrate the role of women. Goddess religion and feminist spirituality have increasingly been embraced by men and women as an alternative to the patriarchy found in traditional biblical religion.
Within a few thousand years the first recognizable…
oriented to the Winter Solstice sunrise, so that the dawn rays can bathe the initiate in sunlight after his or her vigil through the night.
Four and a half thousand years later, in the sixteenth century, the key text of Druid spirituality, transcribed from the oral tradition by Christian clerics, talks of the spiritual and magical training of a Druid, in which he is eaten by a Goddess, enters her belly, and is reborn as the greatest poet in the land. So from over twenty thousand years ago to the sixteenth…
Comparison Paper Adams
Dr. Johnny Baker
January 22, 2015
The author Dr. Lawrence J. Crabb of the book, “Effective Bible Counseling: A Model for Helping Caring Christians Became Capable Counselors,” point toward two challenging areas. The first areas are those bases from physical or natural causes. The second is typically a base that is in essence moral. Crabb have faith in the fact that God has ordained the local church to be his chief device to…
Personal Worldview Inventory
Spirituality does not have one definite definition, it varies depending on who is searching for the meaning. The meaning of spirituality can change within one person, the more they search for answers and find their beliefs. To this writer, spirituality reaches beyond ourselves, it is the connection between ourselves and something greater.
Puchalski et al (2014), states that Spirituality is a dynamic and intrinsic aspect of
humanity through which persons…