‘Spirituality is the outward expression of the inner workings of the human spirit’
- John Swinton

'Spirituality' is a word which has no precise definition but used by a variety of disciplines to indicate that which is non-corporeal (not of the physical body). It is derived from Hebrew ruach, (spirit; breath; wind; that which gives life and animation) and the Greek pneuma (spirit).

In Christian terms it concerns the way a person responds to God's Spirit, involving the processes by which we are moved towards (or away from) God and is rooted in the way a person responds to Christ. In recent times the term has moved beyond a merely individualistic quest for meaning and appears in debates about the transformative processes occurring in the public domain, e.g. health, education, social order.

It is not to be confused with 'spiritualism' which is a non-Christian religion 'postulating the belief that the spirits of the dead residing in the spirit world have both the ability and the inclination to communicate with the living.' (Wikipedia)  

Christian Spirituality, rooted in the person of Jesus Christ, developed through the experience of the Desert Fathers and Mothers and has developed in both East and West.  It has found particular expression through, for example, the Franciscans, Carmelites and Jesuits and, today, the by the practice of the Jesus Prayer and Centring Prayer.  And we, in England, can be thankful for the great tradition of English Mystics such as Dame Julian of Norwich, who wrote Revelations of Divine Love, and the Cloud of Unknowing by an unknown author.  Christian Spirituality, a vast treasury of insights into how people have sought and discovered a way to encounter God, has the means to enrich us all.

My love is as the hills,
the lonely valleys clad with forest trees.
The rushing, sounding rills,
strange isles in distant seas,
lover-like whisperings, murmurs of the breeze.


is dawn’s first breathing’s in the heavens above,
still music veiled from sight,
calm that can echoes move,
the feast that brings new strength –
The feast of love


S. John of the Cross