Oración y Espiritualidad

This course is available upon request by partner dioceses. Prior completion of the course "El Camino de la Fe" is recommended. For more information, contact Esther Terry.

Course Description

For the Christian, prayer is not an option. Being a Christian involves not only following Jesus but also knowing Him and maintaining a constant dialogue with Him. Prayer is intrinsic to Christianity. Believing in Jesus as our Lord and Savior leads us to have a permanent relationship with Him. In this course we will study the meaning of prayer and we will also see some fundamental concepts that will help us cultivate an ongoing relationship with each Person of the Holy Trinity.

Normally, when we talk about spirituality we think of prayer. When we say that someone is spiritual, we usually mean that person has frequent contact with God. But spirituality goes beyond praying; spirituality involves every moment of our existence. Christian spirituality is based on how we relate to God as well as how we reflect Christ. Thus, in this course, we will deepen the meaning of Christian spirituality, presenting its characteristics, expressions and phases. In time, we will see some concrete suggestions in order to continue growing personally in the spiritual life.  We will also talk about the fruit of a true Christian spirituality, that is, to live like Jesus, in other words, to be holy people. At the end of the course, we will focus specifically on features and expressions of Latino spirituality in the United States.

Course Content

Unit 1: Christian Prayer
  • What is prayer?
  • God invites us to pray 
  • Jesus, perfect model of prayer 
  • Teachers, sources, and places of prayer 
Unit 2: The Life of Prayer
  • Expressions of prayer 
  • Types of prayer 
  • Relating to each Person of the Trinity 
  • Perseverance in Prayer
Unit 3: Christian Spirituality
  • What is Christian spirituality?
  • General elements of Catholic spirituality 
  • Various traditional spiritualities s
  • Characteristics of Christian spirituality 
  • Stages of the spiritual life 
  • Establishing a personal spirituality 
Unit 4: Holiness as the Fruit of Spirituality 
  • The universal call to holiness 
  • The Lord's Prayer as a path to holiness 
  • Mary as a model of holiness 
  • Mission of the Holy Spirit: Sanctification 
Unit 5: Hispanic Spirituality
  • Characteristics of Hispanic spirituality 
  • Principal expressions of faith in Latino spirituality 
  • Relationship with Jesus 
  • Devotion to the Virgin Mary 
  • Celebration of the Eucharist 
  • Importance of ecclesial movements in Latino spirituality 

Required Texts

  • Catecismo Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos (USCCB, 2008) or El Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica (available online)
  • Catholic Bible
  • Brief texts and links to online materials included in the course website

Course Requirements

  • Weekly reading of assigned texts and materials
  • Participation in class discussions in the forums (minimum of two comments, questions or responses each week)
  • Written assignment (between 150 and 200 words)
  • Weekly chat session (minimum 4 chats)

Time Required

  • 4 to 6 hours per week (this varies from student to student depending on learning style and available study time)

Course Certificate

  • A Certificate of Completion awarding 30 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.

Meet the Developer

Andrés Arango, MTS

Andrés Arango


Andrés Arango is the Bishop’s Delegate for Hispanic Ministry and the Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. He is currently the President of the National Committee of the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the United States and Canada and a member of the Latin-American Catholic Charismatic Committee. Andrés also serves as a consultant to the Subcommittee of Hispanic Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Andrés and his wife have been active lay ministers, teaching and preaching at retreats, conferences, training institutes and evangelizing at the national and international level. They are also the proud parents of twin daughters. Andrés is a production engineer originally from Medellín, Colombia. He also has a Masters in Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology (Berkeley, California). He is the author of Con Poder... la Experiencia de Pentecostés.

Course development made possible through a generous grant by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.