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Ignatian Spiritual Direction in the Examination of Conscience In Spiritual Direction and Christian Counselinga critical way to help one determine one’s primary sins and failings is via examination of conscience. This technique of self evaluation is an important Christian tool in preparing one, if Catholic, for Reconciliation, or for a variety of other spiritual exercises that aim towards Christian perfection. This article is in relation to Ignatian Spirituality and will focus on the methodologies of St. Ignatius Loyola in examining one’s conscience. In the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius focuses on cleaning one’s soul from malice and
Role of Women in the Christian Family Society has imprinted many roles of women in marriage. Even evolutionary theory has speculated about the natural need a woman has for protection and in turn the care she supplies and returns to the man. Christian marriage and the structure of the Christian family does not reflect social and biological roles but concerns itself more with the roles a woman plays from a spiritual aspect. Secular roles and obligations differ with traditions and time, but Christian ideals are constant since they reflect the values of Christ. Christian counseling needs to emphasize the proper
Christian Family: Attacks from the World The Christian Family serves as a beacon in the turbulent sea guiding others to the light of Christ. It is blessed with an apostolic mission to preserve and preach the doctrines of Christ. It is the Church in miniature. It is of no wonder then that Satan would hope to destroy it. Christian counselors, the church and the state have an obligation to defend the family from such onslaughts. Social pressures from beyond devalue the family. Instances on the acceptability of divorce are widespread in the news and tabloids. A desensitization has begun that
The Christian Family and Marriage The Christian Family as the first cell of society finds its conception in marriage. It is interesting to note that even at the purely social level, marriage formed a social constraint for the formation of society and the bringing of order at the micro level. Yet this natural social evolution had deeper yearnings at the center of man’s soul. The yearning for spiritual communion took this merely social institution to a level that also satisfied the spiritual and theological needs of man. Within the spiritual structure of humanity, the Mystical Body of Christ found marriage
Christian Family and Dating As adolescents grow, they finally begin to notice the opposite sex. As parents and Christian Counselors, we should not shun this natural progression of life, but we must guide it. It must be nurtured and kept within the natural limits of God’s plan or it will become overcome with lust and distorted by the evil one. In this regard, Christian dating is essential to preserving purity and taming lust. Religious counseling is very important during these teen years. Christian Spiritual Counseling should avoid extremes in this natural curiosity of the other gender. Sex should not be
Christian Counseling and Modernism Counseling the doubtful is true when it comes to Modernism. Unlike other isms that exist outside of the Church, Modernism originates from within the Church itself. With this in mind, many followers become confused because of clergy or other teachers who support Modernistic ideals. Hence when Christian Counseling people who are infected with Modernistic ideology it is important to have a clear understanding of traditional Christian concepts. So what is Modernism? Modernism was a philosophical movement at the end of the 19th and early 20th Century that hoped to marry the ideals of science with theology.
Christian Family: The Gift of Children The child in marriage is the ultimate sign of reciprocal love between man and woman and is the ultimate gift to the Christian family. It is the Trinitarian completion of the triangle of love that exists within the intimate circle of the family. This outward sacramental manifestation of their love is a blessing from God. It is one of the primary purposes of marriage and the conjugal act itself. As Christian Counselors, we sometimes come across situations where we must advise in matters of rearing of children and in other cases comfort in cases
The Role of a Christian Counselor The role of a Christian Counselor during counseling sessions is aiding one who is in distress, sin, or suffering and offering to that person a Christian solution. While this solution may not be the solution of easiest choice, it must always be a solution that correlates with the moral law. This is why a Christian Counselor must also be well versed in Moral Theology. Moral theology is the study of morality, virtue, and Christian law. A Christian Counselor must be aware of the Divine Positive Law that encompasses the study of the commandments. He
Certification in Christian Counseling: Reconciliation is also counseling Within Catholic theology, the Seven Sacraments are outward signs that produce grace. Each grace that is particular to a sacrament has a particular function within the soul’s spiritual life. This sacramental grace helps the person carry out particular spiritual tasks within the domain of the sacrament. Christian Counselors within the Catholic tradition have a particular aid in helping their clients overcome sin, grief and despair via the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In fact, confession in itself is a religious counseling session. Many priests who administer the sacrament become Christian counselors by the very
Religious Counselors Must Reintroduce Christ to Christmas The secularization of religious feasts is common in America. The Christmas season which spiritually begins December 25th, begins on Black Friday after Thanksgiving. Instead of spiritual preparation for the birth of Christ, the nation that night prepares wish lists and compares the best sale. Where Christian charity and giving should exist, there is capitalistic greed. This unfortunate side effect of secularization and materialism has driven the idea of spiritual preparation into the distant past. As religious counselors and leaders within the church, it is your obligation to help rejuvenate the ideals of Advent.