Spirituality, a definition




1. the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.

While religion is based on key doctrines and practices about God, spirituality is based on key values and on the belief in the spirit. The spirit, or "breath", is the invisible part that gives life to a human or animal. 

The Latin word spiritus means "breath, soul, courage, vigour". It is used to translate from biblical texts the Greek pneuma and Hebrew ruach

In the stories from the Bible and the life of the saints, when the Holy Spirit comes upon a person, they are sanctified and they bear much fruit: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23) All these graces overflow into our relationships with others and with our natural environment. 

For Christians, cultivating a spirituality of Creation means to make space in our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit, which will heal our relationships with people, with animals, with larger ecosystems and the whole created world. Spirituality of Creation is not personal, but it has a cosmic scope (from the Greek cosmos, world). A Christian eco-spirituality grows through contemplation of God's Creation, through prayer for and with nature, through contact with rituals in the Church that involve natural elements, through stories of the life of saints and through the spiritualities of certain groups of followers of Jesus Christ.

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