Pope Benedict reminded us of the “Monastic Theology” which is the other way of Theologising (see here). We prefer to use “Prophetic Theology” or “Integral Theology”.
Integral Theology formation
Jean Khoury and I propose to set up an Institute, under the patronage of Mary “Mater Theologorum”, in which Catholic teaching would be presented, in its entirety and with academic rigour, in a way that fully integrates theology and spiritual theology.
Until the early Middle Ages spiritual life and academic theology were inseparable, but have become distanced since then in a way that does harm to both. The combination of academic teaching and formation in spiritual life will make the Institute distinctive and new in the contemporary field.
Courses will be offered at different levels, from short units taught over a few weeks in a parish to first cycle degree level. It would be offered in suitably adapted forms to all those who are looking for formation: catechists, Catholic teachers, RCIA candidates, those being confirmed as adults, parishioners seeking more formation for themselves, parents, those wanting to go deeper in the spiritual life, novice-masters/mistresses, those seeking formation as Spiritual Directors, and seminarians.
Teaching and formation would be offered in the five areas of: Bible, Dogmatic theology, Sacraments, Moral Theology, and Pastoral Theology For a schematic presentation and examples of how the integration between dogma and spiritual life would be achieved in each area, please see the accompanying sheets.
Validation will be sought for courses from appropriate institutions at each level.
Jean Khoury has a Masters in Theology from the Institut Catholique in Toulouse and the Teresianum, Rome, and is researching a PhD in Spiritual Theology at the Angelicum. He has written books and articles on prayer and mysticism, and is currently teaching spiritual theology at several venues in London and elsewhere. His website is: http://www.schoolofmary.org and he can be contacted on: jeancyrille @ gmail.com
Mgr. Keith Barltrop is parish priest of St. Mary of the Angels, Bayswater, and is a past rector of Allen Hall seminary and director of the Bishops’ Conference Agency for Evangelisation. He can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics for a Formation in ‘Integral Theology’
Introductory course presenting “Integral Theology”.
Course on the “Call for holiness”.
Inner line of formation
Outer line of formation
Mgr Keith Barltrop
Pdf version (click here)
What to Do?
Practically, students in Theology can start complementing their studies in theology with the lacking topics and courses. The School of Mary does recommend two sets of Courses :
1- Courses in Spiritual Theology: Solid Foundations Course is a minimum.
2- Courses that act as a bridge between the five main areas of Theology and Spiritual Theology :
a- “Bible and Spiritual Life”, “St. Luke and Spiritual Life”, “St. John in Spiritual Life”.
b- “Dogma and Spiritual Life” (See Solid Foundations Lesson 3)
c- Liturgy and Spiritual Life – Mass and Spiritual life : “Lectio Divina” and “Prayer of the Heart” (included in Solid Foundations).
d- Moral Theology and Spiritual Life : “Sermon on the Mount” – “The Two Commandments and Spiritual Life” (coming soon)
e- Pastoral Theology : Blessed Marie Eugene chapter : Growth in Love and Ministry.
Example: Dogma and Spiritual Life
The following two videos give us an example on how to see the connection between “Dogma” and “Spiritual Life”.
– Dom Jean Leclercq OSB, “Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture”, Fordham University Press; 3Rev edition 1983.
– Inos Biffi, “La costruzione della teologia. La filosofia monastica: ‘sapere Gesù'”, JacaBook, 2008.
– François-Marie Léthel OCD, “La luce di Cristo nel cuore della chiesa. Giovanni Paolo II e la teologia dei santi”, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2011.
– M. M. Philippon OP, “La doctrine spirituelle de soeur Elisabeth de la Trinité”, Paris, 1954.