Novitiate Curriculum

The following resources are studied throughout the Novitiate, under the guidance of a spiritual mentor (anam cara).

The Mystic Way of Salvation
By Matthew B. Scraper, OSP

This work will take a look at the seasons of spiritual growth, and how those seasons are reflected in the order of salvation. Much of what follows will be a bit academic in nature, as we work our way through concepts, theologies, and practices that lead to a deeply spiritual life. My intent in this work is to explain the process of spiritual growth in the context of the salvific experience within which it occurs. My hope is to offer entrance into a dialogue that I don’t believe to be adequately engaged in the formation processes of clergy in most Christian denominations.

Franklian Psychology and Christian Spiritual Formation
By Randy L. Scraper, OSJ

This book summarizes the work of Dr. Viktor Frankl and applies Logotherapy and Logo philosophy to the Christian spiritual formation methodology known as the three ways. The result is the establishment of a meaning matrix that helps anyone better understand the significant points of transition in the Christian spiritual life.

What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self
By Richard Rohr, OFM

Drawing from the best and most poetic of Richard Rohr’s essays from nearly a quarter of a century, each chapter in this new collection examines one of the seven core mystical truths. Organized according to the mystical paths that every worshiper must follow, Rohr identifies the despair of everyday life, promotes opportunities for change even in the face of pain, thereby transforming one’s deeper self into a beacon of light that aids in the perpetual metamorphosis of others. Illuminating these insights with reflections on Christian and Jewish scriptures while citing the greatest religious writers throughout the ages, Rohr offers an unparalleled window into the wisdom of the mystics, within a succinct volume that represents the best treasury of his vast library of writing.

By Evelyn Underhill

Underhill maps out her own view of the mystic’s journey into five parts: “Awakening of Self,” “Purgation of Self,” “Illumination,” “the Dark Night of the Soul,” and “the Unitative life.” Underhill is focussed on mysticism in Christianity but she also mentions Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other belief systems. This has long been considered a crucial work on the subject of Mysticism, and continues to guide seekers a century later.

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