I called it socio-spiritual because I firmly believe that the study of Christian spirituality should take seriously the social context of the spiritual classic being studied as well as the social context of the contemporary Christian community. As such the study of Christian spirituality like the Christian spiritual life itself is socio-implicating. Christian spirituality is a sequela Christi which is "a socio-spiritual itinerary that takes into account the historical and social reality in which it finds itself" (Beyond Piety 36).
"By ‘socio-spiritual” I understand all of the aspects of the human life: socio = social, political, religious, economic, and material; in other words, the exterior life; spiritual = spiritual, educational, cultural, affective and psychological; in other words, the interior life" (Beyond Piety 105 n.47). As such Christian spirituality should touch every aspect of our social lives from our basic human relationships to our interaction with society and to the struggle for social justice and human dignity.