A Nun's Life Ministry developed this guide for those seeking a way to engage with news stories, blog posts, editorials, commentary, etc. in a reflective, prayerful manner that takes account of faith, experience, and context. (April 2012)
How to Do Theological Reflection
- What is the background of the person? What is her/his theological framework?
- What is the overarching goal of the article? What does the person want readers to think feel, or do as a result of engaging with the article?
- What are the points that she/he makes, distilled from any editorializing?
- Reflect on the main points.
- What resonates with you? what do you resist?
- What dynamic tensions are at work in the main points? (e.g., tension between doctrinal and pastoral articulations of the faith; tension between "liberal" and "conservative," etc.) Say more about the dynamic tension(s).
- Take the main points to prayer and ask God where God is present in this. Perhaps a quote or image from Scripture or feeling will emerge as you consider this.
- how does this point fit in your lived experience and in our Catholic faith tradition? (including Scripture, Catholic teaching, the lives of the saints, etc.)
- What can we take from this that is helpful and can move you/us forward?
- What gospel response (that is "good news!") might you offer to others as a result of reflecting on this article?
For more information on Theological Reflection, please see What is Theological Reflection?