Spiritual formation

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Spiritual formation is an intentional Christian practice much like that of Eastern Mysticism, which claims as its goal the development of religious maturity that leads to Christian devoutness which has it roots in the ancient practices found in those of Catholic religious orders, Ascetics and others. One engages in spiritual formation through:

Ancient Christian religious activities (prayer, the study of scripture, fasting, simplicity, solitude, confession, worship, etc.)
Spiritual Theology that includes historical and contemporary practices
Christian Spirituality

Many authors have attempted to define spiritual formation. Christian religious writers and institutions have differing definitions due to their various conceptions of this practice. Some authors suggest that it is discovery of the so-called “leadings of the heart,”[1] renewal of the mind (sanctification),[2] walking in the spirit,[3] intersection between spirituality and vocation, or a type of character formation.[4] The single thread of commonality between the different definitions is engagement in religious activities by a so-called “spiritual traveler.”
In Care of Mind, Care of Spirit, [5]psychiatrist Gerald G. May has written, “Spiritual formation is a rather general term referring to all attempts, means, instruction, and disciplines intended towards deepening of faith and furtherance of spiritual growth. It includes educational endeavors as well as the more intimate and in-depth process of spiritual direction.”[6]
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