PRACTICAL THEOLOGY AS A SNIPPET DISCIPLINE OF “VERBING AND DISPLAYING THE PRAXIS OF GOD”
Keywords:Operative ecclesiology, Functions in pastoral caregiving, Beautification of life
This article aims to develop a diagrammatic depiction of how the different sections or ecclesial snippets1 (operational functions) could be portrayed in an integral approach to theory formation in practical theological thinking. It explores the notion of the “praxis of God” as a kind of cohesive factor in a practical teleology, framed by the Christian spiritual paradigm of the passio Dei. It is proposed that an “operative ecclesiology” should contribute to a kind of “spiritual humanism”, focusing on what one can call the “beautification” of life; practical theology as fides quaerens beatitudinem.