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“How do we develop a consciousness of wholeness in a breathless world of anxiety and competition? How can we overcome narrow individualism by expanding personhood to include all creaturely life? . . . To live in a spirit of catholicity is to live with deep awareness of God’s life everywhere present and filling all things, the life of the whole.”—From the Foreword by Ilia Delio
“Catholicity” is a concept that encompasses the entire dynamic of whole-making and diversifying. In this book, Mary Frohlich explores its application to our spiritual lives, that is, how each of us strives to construct a life that bears both the integrity of ultimate wholeness and the dynamism of real-life change, pluralism, and differentiation.
She offers compelling arguments that “spirit” is the self-transcending, whole-making impetus that is built into human persons, and that awareness of it is most intense in spiritual events that electrify a person’s sense of joyous interconnection with other people, the natural world, the cosmos, and/or God.
Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, is associate professor of spirituality and chair of the department of spirituality at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. A past president of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, she is the editor of the collection, St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Essential Writings (Orbis).