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An interest and intentional participation in the spiritual life, providing a context for open and direct experience of God and the entire spiritual realm at an intensely personal level. Spirituality concerns the whole of life in the context of faith. Resources for spirituality include participation in retreats, quiet days, spiritual direction, and use of books, journals, tapes, and other materials that provide a point of reference for personal prayer and religious experience, including periods of darkness and doubt as well as moments of joy and ecstasy. See Rule of Life.

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.