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The Practice of Faith: A Handbook of Contemporary Spirituality (edition 2011)

by Karl Rahner (Editor), Albert Raffelt (Editor)

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Karl Rahner was not only one of the architects of modern Roman Catholic theology but also a master of the spiritual life - a pastor among pastors as well as a theologian among theologians. His writings on spirituality and pastoral matters nearly equal the number of his strictly theological ones. This volume is in one sense the spiritual and pastoral counterpart of Rahner's theological masterpiece, Foundations of-Christian Faith, and is a distillation of his thought on spirituality which is likely to prove more accessible to readers than the forbidding volumes of Theological Explorations. Divided into three parts, Faith, Hope and Love, it deals with the sacraments, the theological virtues, the states of life, the various kinds of prayer and religious devotion, and other aspects of ascetical and mystical theology. There are contemporary themes as well: basic Christian community, worshipping communities in the home and a new asceticism for the consumer society. Last but not least there are the themes relating to basic human experience: courage, suffering, death and peace. Karl Ramer, who died in 1984, taught at the universities of Innsbruck, Munich and Munster. He was one of the greatest twentieth-century Roman Catholic theologians.… (more)
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Karl Rahner was not only one of the architects of modern Roman Catholic theology but also a master of the spiritual life - a pastor among pastors as well as a theologian among theologians. His writings on spirituality and pastoral matters nearly equal the number of his strictly theological ones. This volume is in one sense the spiritual and pastoral counterpart of Rahner's theological masterpiece, Foundations of-Christian Faith, and is a distillation of his thought on spirituality which is likely to prove more accessible to readers than the forbidding volumes of Theological Explorations. Divided into three parts, Faith, Hope and Love, it deals with the sacraments, the theological virtues, the states of life, the various kinds of prayer and religious devotion, and other aspects of ascetical and mystical theology. There are contemporary themes as well: basic Christian community, worshipping communities in the home and a new asceticism for the consumer society. Last but not least there are the themes relating to basic human experience: courage, suffering, death and peace. Karl Ramer, who died in 1984, taught at the universities of Innsbruck, Munich and Munster. He was one of the greatest twentieth-century Roman Catholic theologians.

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Karl Rahner is not only one of the architects of modern Catholic theology, he is also a master of the spiritual life - a pastor among pastors as well as a theologian among theologians. His writings on spiritual and pastoral matters nearly equal the number of his strictly theological ones, evidence of the fact that throughout his long career he has sought to effect a rapprochement between theology and spirituality.

This volume represents merely a small sampling of Karl Rahner's writings in the areas of Christian spirituality and pastoral or practical theology. Still, in the light of its selectivity and the vast body of writings upon which it has been able to draw, it merits the subtitle "A Handbook of Contemporary Spirituality." In a certain sense, this volume is the spiritual pastoral counterpart of Rahner's theological summa: Foundations of Christian Faith.

The contents of The Practice of Faith have been deliberately distributed across the whole span of traditional doctrine. One finds here treatments of the sacraments, the theological virtues, the states of life, the various kinds of prayer and religious devotion, and other aspects of ascetical and mystical theology. And there are contemporary issues as well: the notions of basic Christian community, of worshiping communities in the home, and of the "new asceticism" in a consumer society. Yet, throughout, the work bears a very distinctive, highly personal stamp: the inclusion of an essay on "Criticism in the Church" is characteristic ofRahner as are the unique perspectives on hope and death. As does the man himself, the book combines witness to Christian tradition and awareness of faith's new situation, immersion in the fonts of Christian spirituality and openness to the future.

This volume is addressed less to persons seeking theoretical knowledge than to those concerned with the practical molding of their faith, and who wish to make use of readable yet rich spiritual literature in order to do so.

Karl Rahner was born in the Black Forest city of Freiburg in 1904. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1922 and began his teaching career in 1937. Over the years he has taught at the universities of lnnsbruck, Munich, and Muenster. In active retirement since 1971, he continues to write and lecture. The list of his publications in various languages includes over 3 ,500 items. Among his most recent books in English are The Love of Jesus and the Love of Neighbor and Theological Investigations volumes XVIII and XIX.

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