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Three essential phases of discipleship

February 6, 2015

Father Ron Rolheiser … offer(s) a helpful framework for understanding this process of growing in spiritual maturity and wisdom. He describes three essential phases of discipleship within the spiritual life.

  • Essential discipleship: the struggle to get our lives together (i.e., the struggle for identity)
  • Generative discipleship: the struggle to give our lives away
  • Radical discipleship: the struggle to give our deaths away

Quoted by Johnny Sears. Receiving the Mantle: Mentoring and Spiritual Maturity

Weavings journal Volume XXVIII, Number 4

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