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Delos Reyes, Donnaliza S.

12, 2013
BSPT 2-4


Research on the following meaning:
o Spirituality
The “spirituality” comes from its root word, which is “spirit”. The suffix
“-uality” qualifies the use of “spirit” in this instance. So the basic definition of
spirituality is the quality of one’s sensitivity to the things of the spirit.
Spirituality is the premise that we regard the human being and/or the rest
of creation as composed not only of matter, but of something immaterial,
something invisible, and something beyond our present knowledge. There is
always more to what we can perceive with our senses and know with our
So the basic meaning of spirituality is that it is a term which
encompasses everything that we cannot see directly with our eyes, directly
perceive by the other senses and know by our mere reason. That is
spirituality in its basic meaning. Spirituality is more of an individual
practice and has to do with having a sense of peace and purpose. It also
relates to the process of developing beliefs around the meaning of life and
connection with others.
Spirituality is also used as a way of gaining perspective, recognizing that
our role in life has a greater value than just what we do every day. It can
separate a person from dependence on material things and establish a
greater purpose. Some people also see spirituality as a way of coping with
change or uncertainty.
o Transformation and Social Transformation
Transformation is an act, process, or instance of transforming or being
transformed. It is the change in form, appearance, or structure. In the Bible,
transformation means “change or renewal from a life that no longer
conforms to the ways of the world to one that pleases God” (Romans 12:2).
This is accomplished by the renewing of our minds, an inward spiritual
transformation that will manifest itself in outward actions. The Bible presents
the transformed life in Christ as demonstrated through our “bearing fruit in
every good work [and] growing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).

o Social Teaching of the Church . And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ. because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew. It is a reciprocal relationship in which people have to be embraced and correctly identified with the cultural expectations of their particular class membership. And it is through the power of God’s Spirit that Christ lives within us.. for in it is the power of God. However another definition refers to large scale social change as in cultural reforms or transformations. The first occurs with the individual. For as the apostle Paul said. for if you do these things. I live by faith in the Son of God. the second with the social system. then for the Gentile. Social transformation is the process by which an individual alters the socially ascribed social status of their parents into a socially achieved status for themselves. To be considered as children of God. you will never fall. Moreover. Social transformation is considered an interpersonal negotiation because it requires that the individual have their social position be validated by others for transformation. “You. however.Transformation involves those who were once far from God being “drawn near” to Him through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13). Transformed lives begin with the gospel message of Christ. are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit. The transformed life mirrors the attitude of the apostle Paul: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live. a righteousness that is by faith from first to last. Just before he died. we must be led by the Spirit of God. evidence of transformation within us is seen in the way we increasingly reflect the likeness and glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). but Christ lives in me. just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’” (Romans 1:16-17). if the Spirit of God lives in you. This is the only way that persons can move from their own ascribed status to a new achieved status. who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).. and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:3-11). The life I live in the body. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed. It is the gospel that brings us salvation: “I am not ashamed of the gospel. the apostle Peter provided us specific instructions on how we are to live out our transformed lives: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness . he does not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9).

We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice. who came "to bring glad tidings to the poor . but rather as one who is relational.Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. God the Father sends his only Son Jesus Christ and shares the Holy Spirit as his gift of love. Therefore. We believe in the triune God whose very nature is communal and social. 1397). It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ. Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ. liberty to captives ." the hungry and the stranger (cf. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains.blogspot. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God's special love for the poor and called God's people to a covenant of love and justice. and who identified himself with "the least of these. In our relationship with God we experience the conversion of heart that is necessary to truly love one another as God has loved us. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist. . Mt 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the not from any human quality or accomplishment. "To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us. we who are made in God's image share this communal. Our commitment to the Catholic social mission must be rooted in and strengthened by our spiritual lives. Human dignity comes from God.html http://au. Every person. has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. Catholic social teaching emerges from the truth of what God has revealed to us about himself. his brethren" (no. recovery of sight to the blind"(Lk 4:18-19). . from the moment of conception to natural death. . . social nature. we must recognize Christ in the poorest. one who is Trinity. and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. Catholic social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. God reveals himself to us as one who is not alone. References: .reachout.

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