In this helpful and insightful book, Nicki Verploegen delves into the two thousand years of history of the Catholic Church in order to unfold the development of spiritualities in Christianity. Verploegen explores how four distinct types of Christian spirituality evolved and rose to prominence in its religious, social, and political environments: monasticism, mendicancy, apostolic ministry, and missionary life. All of them became 'schools' of spiritual formation which gave rise to the development of numerous religious communities. This book is also an exploration of thirteen of these distinct communities, and introduces the reader to the spiritual men and women who initiated the religious movements and founded them.
Nicki Verploegen is co-founder of TATENDA International, a nonprofit that provides cost-free retreats to caregivers abroad, especially in Africa and Asia. She teaches on the faculty of the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati and is author of Organic Spirituality (2000), Planning and Implementing Retreats (2001), and Meditations With Merton (1993).
Table of Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction: Schools of Spirituality in the Christian Tradition PART I Monastic Spirituality Introduction 1 Augustinian Spirituality: Hearts Aflame for the Trinity 2 Benedictine Spirituality: Christian Monastic Origins 3 Cistercians, Trappists, and Trappistines: Contemplatives in Community PART II Mendicant Spirituality Introduction 4 Franciscan Spirituality: Mendicants as Friars Minores 5 Dominican Spirituality: Friars Preachers of the Truth 6 Carmelite Spirituality: A Mendicant and Mystical Style PART III Ministerial and Active Apostolic Spirituality Introduction 7 Ignatian Spirituality: Spirituality in a World of Action 8 Redemptorist Spirituality: Preachers to the Populace 9 Salesian Spirituality: Living the Compassion of Jesus in Society 10 Marist Spirituality: A Marian Missionary Style PART IV Missionary Spirituality Introduction 11 Spirituality of the Spiritans: Missionaries and Educators to the Poor and Abandoned 12 Maryknoll Spirituality: Missionaries of Presence and Purpose 13 Spirituality of the Society of African Missions: Dedication to Africa Epilogue