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What is spiritual adoption?
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:49:14 AM »
Was casually hanging out on a Catholic website a few days back when I saw this interesting little picture:



Is there such a thing called spiritual adoption? If it's real, who can do the adoption & who can one pick to adopt? Is it some way to become emotionally attached to a person? What makes spiritual adoption "special" versus ordinary prayers for a specific person?

(That said, I recall having 1-to-1 time with a friend many aeons back. Asked him along the lines of being a spiritual son (because "BF" is for youngsters) but he told me he & I were better off being normal friends :P )
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Re: What is spiritual adoption?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2018, 12:28:16 PM »
I know nothing about it, but it says "pray for him for a year". I suppose that's the main difference then: it's a longer commitment than just praying a few prayers for somebody.
 
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Re: What is spiritual adoption?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 04:01:24 PM »
I'm not sure what you mean by "if it's real." After reading the source article, it seems to me that is was just an idea someone had. There's no spiritual relationship, like there is between a godparent/godchild.
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Re: What is spiritual adoption?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2018, 04:45:34 PM »
While there may not be a formal relationship established, the idea and practice is a very good one.  Lord knows we need all the help and prayers we can get.  We should do well to pray for our living brethren, as well, especially those close to us. 
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Re: What is spiritual adoption?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2018, 04:51:20 PM »
Actually, I'd suggest spiritually adopting a priest

http://www.opusangelorum.org/crusade/crusade_frontpage_dw.htm

and for friends or relatives, offering up reparation for their sins...
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Re: What is spiritual adoption?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2018, 04:53:10 PM »
Actually, I'd suggest spiritually adopting a priest

http://www.opusangelorum.org/crusade/crusade_frontpage_dw.htm

and for friends or relatives, offering up reparation for their sins...

Also better.
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Jesus son of David, have mercy on me.