Spiritual formation assures that seminarians learn to live in intimate communion with God, to seek Christ in faithful meditation on the word of God and in active participation in the sacred mysteries of the Church, through reception of the Sacraments, and the development of a personal prayer regimen, creating within themselves a proper place for an indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Given the intrinsic connection between Holy Orders and the Eucharist, a Spirituality of the Cross is a natural focus for a man/woman preparing for Ordination, particularly for the Priesthood. As this concept grows and deepens the life of prayer will develop a more abstract nature, and rely less on devotion and rote prayer, and more on a growing discernment of Spirits, and an understanding of Sacrifice and Suffering.
The Basics/Ignatian Spirituality
A regular schedule with my Spiritual Director
What is my relationship with Christ upon starting this process?
How do I view the role of the Sacraments in my daily life?
Do I have a daily regimen of prayer?
Is that regimen reflective of an intimate relationship with a person, or a rote, habitual, series of devotions?
The Discernment of Spirits
Answering the call of the Holy Spirit daily
The Eucharist and Me
Developing a LIFE of prayer
The Spirituality of the Cross
A Personal Relationship with Christ the High Priest
The centrality of/relationship with the Sacraments
How am I going to maintain this relationship as a Priest?
Developing the prayer life of a Shepherd
Laying one’s life down on the Cross daily
The Prayer Life of a Shepherd
A relationship with the Eucharist as an “Ordinary Minister”
Continuing the Daily Spiritual Regimen as a Priest
Praying for your people with your people
Embracing the Cross