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Gregory the Greats Decisions and Contemplations
Words: 1818 Length: 5 Pages Document Type: Creative Writing Paper #: 86525575
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Gregory the Great on Action and Contemplation
Introduction
The first monk to become a pope was St. Gregory (+604) and all through his reign, he longed after the monastic lifestyle. Majorly due to his power and inspiration, Benedictine monasticism was transformed into "the conquering army of the Roman Church"[footnoteRef:1] according to Cayre. When it was needed, Gregory ordained monks as priests and even apostolic duties. In terms of spirituality, his lectures on the contemplative and active lifestyle, the levels of spiritual advancement and on contemplation are very significant. Much more than other Fathers of the Church, St. Gregory focused a large part of his writing on pastoral issues and particularly guidelines for pastors, the basic obligations for candidates aiming to become priests and the basic functions of an apostle as regards preaching. This paper specifically tackles the themes of action and contemplation and the ways these two works together and…

References
ARMSTRONG, CHRIS. Spirituality for Busy People. Christian history, 2008.  http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2008/november/spirituality-for-busy-people.html  (accessed 29 September 2017).
Aumann, Jordan. “Chapter 4: MONASTICISM IN THE WEST” in Christian spirituality in the Catholic tradition. Ignatius Press, 1985.
Cayré, Fulbert. Manual of patrology and history of theology. Vol. 2. Society of St. John the Evangelist, Desclée & Co., 1940.
Gilchrist, Roberta. Contemplation and Action: the other monasticism. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1995.
Leclercq, Jean, François Vandenbroucke, and Louis Bouyer. The spirituality of the Middle Ages. Desclee Company, 1968.

Leadership in Spiritual Dimensions
Words: 3292 Length: 11 Pages Document Type: Creative Writing Paper #: 51024009
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Spiritual Leadership and the Role of Self Knowledge in Accepting God's Grace
Barton (2018) describes the soul as that “part of you that is most real—the very essence of you that God knew before he brought you forth in physical form” (p. 13). For me, this definition makes perfect sense and I cannot see any way to improve upon it. The soul is the essence of the self: one can think of oneself in so many different ways but unless one is really tuned in to one’s soul he is not going to be understanding himself perfectly—i.e., the way God understands him. Part of what keeps us from God is this lack of self-awareness. Instead of realizing and addressing our weaknesses or the issues that cause the soul to be dragged down, we cover them over and apply slipshod solutions in an attempt to keep going in the way we…