Our personal relationship with God is expressed through our spirituality and prayer life.
Spirituality- Spirituality is the way we approach God in prayer and how we live out the Gospel. Because we do not all pray and live the same way, many different types of spiritualities exist. However, there are four main types of spiritualities that all others flow from: Thomistic, Augustinian, Franciscan, and Ignatian.
To help you determine which type of spirituality fits you best, complete the survey below. But remember that this is only a starting point in exploring your spirituality.
Below are 14 sets of four words. Rank the words on a scale of 1-4 based on how well they describe you:
4 = best word that describes you 3 = good word that describes you 2 = bad word that describes you 1 = worst word that describes you
When you finish, the numbers in each column will be added up. Whichever column has the highest score represents the spirituality that fits you best.
After reading about your spirituality, reflect on these questions:
Do you agree with the spirituality description of you?
How do you like to pray? Does that correspond with your spirituality type?
How can knowing your spirituality help you now and after Confirmation?
Prayer- When we raise our minds and hearts to God, we are praying.
There are three forms of prayer:
Vocal prayer-speaking to God with words, either out loud or silently
Meditative-thinking about God
Contemplative-resting with God, with no words
There are five ways to pray:
Adoration-acknowledging that God is the creator
Petition-asking God for something you need
Intercession-asking God to help anther person
Thanksgiving-saying thank you for God's gifts
Praise-expressing your love for God
During class, eight areas were set up to experience some of the different ways/forms of prayer. Some of the prayer experiences can be done anywhere, while some can only be done in specific places or with specific items. Read through the directions below and chose a few to try.
Letter to Bishop- As part of Confirmation, all candidates are to write a letter to Bishop. The purpose of the letter is to let Bishop know more about you and to request the Sacrament of Confirmation from him. Check out this guide to help you: Letter to Bishop Guidelines
Your letter will be due on March 1, 2017.
For March 1-
Letter to Bishop due
Confirmation name due
Sponsor's contact information due
Read pages 95-128 in A Well-Built Faith
March 1st is Ash Wednesday. We will begin by celebrating Mass together at 6:00 with class to follow.
If you will be attending Mass earlier in the day, you can come to class after Mass. Estimated time that class will start is between 6:45 and 7:00.