Conversatio Divina

A New Series: Spiritual Formation in Context

Cultura Series: Spiritual Formation in Context

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” —Mark 16:15, NIV

Paradigms for transformation in Christ have yielded much fruit in the context of our personal, familial, and ecclesial lives, but to what extent can this be said of our cultural context? The Martin Institute’s Cultura Fellowship is a diverse community of next generation leaders who are asking this question.

In this series our authors ponder how a transformed life in Christ might be said to ripple outward into the cultural landscapes we inhabit and the theoretical and practical tensions we face in traversing this unfamiliar territory.

In our first piece, Michael Di Fuccia discusses the cultural tendency to interiorize our spirituality. He reads the narrative of Martha and Mary not as either contemplative or active, but rather as mutually fulfilled in one another. He suggests that to reimagine Martha’s action as the “proper effect” or fulfilment of Mary’s contemplative gaze is to see our life in the world as the purpose of a life formed in God.

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