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Apostolic Religious Life in America Today

A Response to the Crisis

Richard Gribble

Publication Year: 2011

Divided into two parts, this volume first presents an analysis of the problem and secondly a solution to place apostolic religious life on a positive trajectory in the 21st century.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5


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pp. 6-7

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pp. vii-viii

...Religious life provides a means of saying yes to Christ and to the Church. It is only in the context of the Church that religious charisms can be discerned, cultivated, and authentically lived. The Second Vatican Council calls for all Catholics to read the signs of the times. We religious must read the signs of the times today and respond to a new generation of Catholics...

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pp. ix-2

...Religious life in the United States in the first decade of the twenty-first century stands at a critical point for its future. Since the close of the Second Vatican Council, consecrated life in the United States es have resulted in a situation that the authors of this volume consider to be a crisis. The significant decline in numbers of religious ...

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Introduction: The Challenge of Religious Life in the United States Today

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pp. 3-16

...later went to the desert to seek solitude with God, men and women have practiced religious life. Over the two millennia of Christianity new religious communities have arisen to meet the needs of the contemporary Church and society. The evolution of religious life allowed for greater diversity in practice. The monastic...

Part I. Present Situation and the Challenge of Renewal

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1. Reforming Religious Life with the Right Hermeneutic

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pp. 19-40

...Apostolic religious life is indeed an important topic in today’s Church. As a member of the Vincentian order the consecrated life has been integral to my vocation from the outset. As the Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life the care, maintenance, and promotion of religious life ...

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2. Apostolic Religious Life: A Public, Ecclesial Vocation

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pp. 41-66

...Religious life belongs unquestionably to the life and holiness of the Church; one could even say it is an essential expression of that holiness,one.superior although it is a “charismatic” rather than a “structural” element of the Church. It is a gift by which God the Father through the Holy Spirit animates and refreshes the Church with an...

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3. "De Accommodata Renovatione: Between the Idea and the Reality . . .” Occasion and Intent and Consequences of Vatican Council II

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pp. 67-90

...John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council (along with revision of the 1917 Code of Canon Law), my religious community had more than seven hundred sisters, operated two colleges and three high school academies, staffed more than three dozen grade schools and high schools in six states, and owned and operated a small hospital. Having twenty or more novices a year was a...

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4. Signs of the Times: Signs, Symbols, and Meaning in Religious Life

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pp. 91-100

.In the film Into Great Silence, recorded at the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps, a fascinating sequence takes place. In the segment entitled “Dinner,” the monks are filing into the refectory. But before they enter, they hold their hands under a little running water and then dry them on a roll-towel. Since the day is a feast day...

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5. Relearning the Language of God: Obedience, Forgiveness, and Love

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pp. 101-108

...terms of the recent economic crisis in the United States, we find that one particular power group suggests that the plan proposed is a “bailout”; a bailout for the wealthy and the greedy—that doesn’t sound very good. Another group says that it’s a “rescue plan” for the tax payer—that sounds very good. Which is it? Is it a bailout or ...

Part II. Religious Life and the Renewal of Love

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6. Love Alone Is Credible

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pp. 111-126

Caritas Christi urget nos. This from St Paul is a helpful reminder to focus our living and activity as religious men and women. Love alone makes us credible as religious—not our love, manufactured by our own efforts and will, but the love of Christ, deeply rooted in his relationship with the Father and empowered by ...

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7. Apostolic Religious Life in the Post–Vatican II Church: Ongoing Challenges of Renewal—Perfect and Imperfect Love

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pp. 127-143

...Perfect charity or complete love, the divine reality signified by the opening words of the Decree on the Appropriate Renewal of the Religious Life of the Second Vatican Council (Perfectae Caritatis), provides the theme of this essay. This theme is pursued insofar as love, as it ranges in human life from earthly mortal love to charity...

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8. The Consecrated Life: Witness to Destiny

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pp. 144-154

...The consecrated life is a living treasure, a treasure of the heart, a treasure of God’s reign. As such, it always maintains its essential character throughout the ages, yet it adapts and renews in tumultuous periods of Church history so as to remain a vibrant sign of God’s Kingdom. In Vita Consecrata Pope John Paul II expressed ...


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pp. 155-160


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pp. 161-164


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pp. 165-171

E-ISBN-13: 9780813219059
E-ISBN-10: 0813219051
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813218656
Print-ISBN-10: 0813218659

Page Count: 183
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 861793412
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  • Monastic and religious life -- United States.
  • Vatican Council -- (2nd : -- 1962-1965).
  • Catholic Church -- United States.
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