Spiritual life must be understood “as a relationship and communion with God. (John Paul II)” “The spiritual training should be imparted in such a way that the students might learn to live in an intimate and unceasing union with the Father through His Son Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.”
There is triple path for this encounter:
Meditation on the Word of God. The Second Vatican Council teaches that the priests should immerse themselves in the Scriptures by constant sacred reading and diligent study. This is important so that they will not become empty preachers of the Word of God to others, not being a hearer of the Word in his own heart. The fruit of Lectio Divina is prayer. Through the Word of God, the priests are brought towards a greater intimacy with God for above all, a priest is a man of God.
Participation in the Sacred Mysteries. A seminarian is a future priest of God. Thus, it is necessary that he will be trained with authentic liturgical education, leading to the full, active and conscious participation to the Sacred Mysteries he is one day will be ministering to the faithful. Also, part of the spiritual life of the future priest is the daily Holy Hour and recitation of the Holy Rosary, Angelus, etc.
Fraternal Charity. “The priest is a man of charity and is called to educate others according to Christ’s example and the new commandment of brotherly love. (Jn 15:12.) But this demands that he allow himself to be constantly trained by the Spirit in the charity of Christ.” (Blessed John Paul II) This charity of the priest springs forth from prayer and from the contemplation of the mystery of divine mercy. This charity consists in self-giving, found in the program of formation in poverty, obedience and chastity.