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Spiritual theology is that part of theology that, proceeding from the truths of divine revelationand the religious experience of individual persons, defines the nature of the supernatural life,formulates directives for its growth and development, and explains the process by which soulsadvance from the begin in the spiritual life to its full perfection.Spiritual theology reflects precisely on the mystery of our participation in divine life. It isconcerned not only with the construction of a science or theory of the supernatural life, but alsowith the existential condition of that life in the individual Christian. Consequently spiritualtheology must express itself in both ontological and psychological terms.The primary source of spiritual theology, and of theology in general, isSacred Scripture andTradition. Thus, Vatican Council II has stated: "Sacred theology relies on the written Word of God,taken together with sacred Tradition, as on a permanent foundation....Therefore, the study ofthe sacred page should be the very soul of sacred theology.The Scriptures unquestionably present God as transcendent and immanent, as the beginning andthe ultimate end of a person's life, but the primary witness of Scripture is that God hasintervenein human history to fulfill in humankind the designs of his providence. Therefore, westudy the divine mysteries revealed by God to know not only what they are in themselves butalso what they are for us. Revealing to us our high destiny, the Scriptures answer our innatedesire to rise from a fallen condition in order to experience the divine. The Bible is therefore therule and standard of all authentic spiritualityTradition is therefore a source of spiritual theology at the same level as Scripture because itincludes Scripture in the sense that the oral transmission of revealed truths preceded the writtenrecord. Tradition as the transmission of the deposit of faith from one generation to another underthe magisterial guidance of the Church, which proclaims, explains, and applies the revealedtruths throughout the centuries. It is evident, therefore, that theMagisterium of the Churchislikewise a primary theological source for the study of the spiritual life and Christian perfection.The relation of theliturgyto spiritual theology stems from the fact that "it is through theliturgy,especially, that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others themystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church."(14)It is a vital manifestation of whatlife in Christ should be, for in the liturgy we have not only an expression of belief but also anexperience of life in God. Consequently, the Fathers of Vatican II Council stated that liturgy is"the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christianspirit."(15)The link between Tradition and the liturgy is manifested in such statements as:Lex orandi estlexcredendi

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Term
Spring
Professor
AARRIETA
Tags
Christianity, The Bible, Test, Christian terms

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