Item description for The Spiritual Journey: Critical Thresholds and Stages of Adult Spiritual Genesis by Francis Kelly Nemeck, Franncis Kelly Nemeck & Marie Theresa Coombs...
Overview Those who give spiritual direction and those who seek it will find this wise work a safe guide on their path of prayer. It treats all stages of mature spiritual progress, and it deserves to attain the classic status merited by the authors' previous works.
Those who give spiritual direction and those who seek it will find this wise work a safe guide on their path of prayer. It treats al stages of mature spiritual progress, and it deserves to attain the classic status merited by the authors' previous works.
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2000
Publisher Liturgical Press
ISBN 0814655467 ISBN13 9780814655467
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Discernment with the deeply spiritual Sep 26, 2005
In the words of the authors, this book "afford directors the principles of discernment which they need in order to guide their directees through the various stages of spiritual genesis". And boy, is this book cheem! (meaning "deep" in colloquial local (Singapore) dialect). I was intrigued from the first chapter until almost the end. There was so much said about the different critical thresholds of spiritual genesis. The authors firmly believe that spiritual directors have to have a knowledge of the critical thresholds of spiritual genesis so that a directee can be helped in his/her relationship with God. The authors said that if a spiritual director is not aware of these thresholds, s/he could do more harm to a directee. St John of the Cross's "dark night of the soul" and "dark night of the senses" are explained clearly and signs and conditions to determine these states in a directee are set out for a spiritual director.
As mentioned above, this book is "deep" in its context and delivery. I would recommend it to one who already has a notion of a contemplative soul and St John's "dark night". For me, it even got so cheem at the point of spiritual espousal and spiritual marriage that I find it hard to follow. However, as a spiritual director, this book does help me to understand how important it is for me to know the spiritual dynamics at work in a directee before I "dish out" comments or further suggestions as to how a directee should approach prayer and his/her relationship with God. The signs and conditions of authenticity of various stages in a directee's spiritual genesis set out in the book definitely alert me to watch out for these signs and conditions. This is definitely one book I'd need to refer to again on my journey as a spiritual director.