Prayer and Spiritual-Personality Type

SpiritualityA Personality TypeAA Personal PreferenceAA God Factor
Thomistic Intuitive-ThinkingAA 

  • ENTJ
  • INTJ
  • INTP
  • ENTP
  • Theoretical
  • Intellectually curious
  • Knowledge-oriented
  • Likes complex problems
  • Likes novelty and originality
  • Does not like routine


  • Dislike traditional standardized ways of praying
  • Spontaneous improvised prayer:
  • Petition
  • Gratitude
  • Commitment
  • Rationalistic approach to prayer
  • Practical prayer life
  • Intellectual prayer life


AugustinianAA Intuitive-FeelingAAA 

  • INFP
  • INFJ
  • ENFJ
  • NFP
  • Curious
  • Insightful
  • Imaginative and creative
  • Committed to values
  • Inquisitive about novel techniques


  • Spontaneous prayer
  • Pastoral
  • Meditative and reflective
  • Insightful prayer
  • Ethereal prayer
  • What does God require of us Now
  • Bible living word: Lectio Divina *
  • Conversational prayer

* “Lectio Divina”, a Latin term, means “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us.2

Ignatian Sensing-JudgingAA 

  • ISTJ
  • ESTJ
  • ISFJ
  • ISFJ
  • Duty and obligation orientated
  • Realistic
  • Practical matter-of-fact
  • Efficient and results orientated
  • High energy level
  • Pragmatic
  • Logical
  • Useful
  • Imaginative personal prayer
  • Sees work as Prayer
  • Set formulae types of prayer :
    • Rosary
    • Divine Office
Franciscan Sensing-PerceivingAA 

  • ESTP
  • ISTP
  • ISFP
  • ESFP
  • Sociable
  • Friendly
  • Interpersonally orientated
  • Sensitive to others
  • Self-sensitive
  • Optimistic
  • Service to others
  • Expressive
  • Sees God in nature
  • Personal direct friendship with God
  • Sensual expression of uninhibited prayer:
    • Music
    • Dance
    • Art
  • Enjoys prayer groups: Charismatic
  • Enjoys more “traditional” forms of prayer:
    • Rosary
    • Prayers of praise, gratitude and love

1. Different Ways of Being, Relating and Praying
Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
By Noel Canavan, Ardscoil Ris Griffith Avenue
2. Order of Carmelites THE ORDER OF CARMELITES –
Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani , Via Giovanni Lanza 138, 00184 Rome, Italy
Carmelite Constitutions (No. 82)

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Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

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