Apostolic Religious Life in America Today
A Response to the Crisis
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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Cardinal Seaacute.scn P.scat.scrick.sc O.sc’M.scalley.sc, O.sc.F.sc.M.sc., Cap.sc.the Church. It is only in the context of the Church that religious signs of the times. We religious must read the signs of the times today and respond to a new generation of Catholics, who are dif-ferent from the young people of twenty, thirty, or forty years ago. ...
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Religious life in the United States in the f_irst decade of the twenty-f_irst 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 con-sider to be a crisis. The signif_icant decline in numbers of religious ...
Introduction: The Challenge of Religious Life in the United States Today
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...erations 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 re-ligious life allowed for greater diversity in practice. The monastic ...
Part I. Present Situation and the Challenge of Renewal
One. Reforming Religious Life with the Right Hermeneutic
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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 ...
Two. Apostolic Religious Life: A Public, Ecclesial Vocation
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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” el-ement of the Church. It is a gif_t by which God the Father through the Holy Spirit animates and refreshes the Church with an outpour-...
Three. "De Accommodata Renovatione: Between the Idea and the Reality . . .” Occasion and Intent and Consequences of Vatican Council II
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...1 These are “20/20” observations regarding the slightly more than four decades since Vatican Council II concluded. They are chronologically “20/20” because major tran-sitions in religious life can be identif_ied from the conclusion of that Council in 1965 to the work of the Quinn Commission in the mid-1980s (see n. 7 below), and from that Com-mission’s f_inal report to the present. These observations are also “20/20” because hind-...
Four. Signs of the Times: Signs, Symbols, and Meaning in Religious Life
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In the f_ilm Into Great Silence, recorded at the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps, a fascinating sequence takes place. In the seg-ment entitled “Dinner,” the monks are f_iling 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, rec-...
Five. Relearning the Language of God: Obedience, Forgiveness, and Love
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...terms of the recent economic crisis in the United States, we f_ind 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
Six. Love Alone Is Credible
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Caritas Christi urget nos. This cri de coeur from St Paul is a help-ful 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 ef_forts and will, but the love of Christ, deeply rooted in his relationship with the Father and empowered by ...
Seven. Apostolic Religious Life in the Post–Vatican II Church: Ongoing Challenges of Renewal—Perfect and Imperfect Love
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Perfect charity or complete love, the divine reality signif_ied 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.one.superior This theme is pursued insofar as love, as it ranges in human life from earthly mortal love to charity, ...
Eight. The Consecrated Life: Witness to Destiny
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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 tumul-tuous 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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Publication Year: 2011