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Title: Religious%20Life


1
Religious Life
  • Dedicated to God

2
In the Catholic Tradition
  • Religious usually refers to people who choose to
    live in communities where members bow solely to
    serve God
  • All Christians are called to be religious
  • To live out their faith in the way that God calls
    them to
  • Term used for sister, brothers, and priests
  • Religious orders groups officially recognized by
    the Catholic church
  • Founded shortly after the time of Jesus

3
What do religious people do?
  • Wide variety of jobs
  • Most priests-diocesan
  • Assigned to a specific job
  • Spreading the Good News, promoting life and human
    dignity are central

4
What makes religious life different from single
life?
  • Religious take vows to serve God alone
  • Follow a rule of life
  • Unique to each congregation
  • Gives substance to the vows by specifying how an
    individual will fulfill the mission of the
    congregation
  • Gives instructions about essential elements
    Community, Prayer, and Service

5
Community
  • Support and challenge
  • Can provide concerned listening, practical
    advice, and words of encouragement and humor
  • Challenge one to remember that God is present in
    each person they are ministering to as well as
    within a community
  • Most communities were founded to serve the human
    community in a specific way

6
Prayer
  • Essential element of religious life
  • Religious persons often work with lifes most
    difficult decision
  • Focus on God, the center of existence
  • Takes different forms Eucharist, meditation,
    shared reflection
  • Renews sense of the Holy Spirit dwelling within
  • Gives strength
  • Work is prayer

7
Service
  • Religious serve in a variety of ways
  • Founded to meet specific needs
  • Schools, hospitals, orphanages
  • If a need exists a religious community will
    likely try to meet it
  • Ministries need to reflect the mission of Jesus
    and the spirit of the congregations founder

8
Religious Vows
  • Through the vows men and women are consecrated to
    God
  • Dedicated in a solemn, sacred way
  • Committing themselves to community, prayer and
    service
  • Gift from God
  • Public statements
  • Take three vows poverty, chastity, obedience
  • Take on a commitment to listen to Gods call to
    love follow and serve no matter where that may
    lead

9
Poverty
  • Means having little
  • Have few material possessions
  • Avoid distractions that come with materials
  • Follow Jesus command to share with those in need
  • Committed to live simply and share
  • Reminder that their lives should be like Jesus
  • Goods of the earth are meant for everyone

10
Chastity
  • A promise to to love in a way that frees the
    religious person to respond to humankind
  • Includes a pledge to celibacy to abstain from
    sexual behavior
  • Focus all energies on building the kingdom of God
  • Freedom that comes with chastity is essential
  • Pledge to build community
  • At home
  • At work
  • Urges religious to stay in communication with God
  • Rely on affection and affirmation of God

11
Obedience
  • Comes from Latin root word meaning to listen
  • Pledge to listen to Gods call and what God wills
    in a particular situation
  • Requires open attitude
  • Respect for God
  • Seen and heard in a variety of ways
  • Members must take initiative to seek the will of
    God with regard to their service and lifestyle
  • An active searching process

12
3 Types of Religious Congregations
  • Contemplatives
  • Going into the hills to pray
  • Ex Carmelites, Poor Clares, Trappists,
    Benedictines
  • Mendicants
  • Beggars
  • Ex Franciscans, Dominicans (Order of Preachers,
    OP)
  • Service Congregations
  • Ex Jesuits (SJ), Daughters of Charity, Marist
    Brothers

13
Discovering a Call to Religious Life
  • Positive Signs
  • An attraction to religious life based on proper
    motives
  • An ability to meet the requirements of religious
    life
  • Flexibility, physical and intellectual abilities,
    ability to live as a celibate
  • An inner sense of being called by God to
    religious life

14
Good Motives vs. Bad Motives
Desire to help those in need Growth in love of God and neighbor Belief that vowed life has meaning in the world Psychological or financial security Desire to escape loneliness
15
Religious Formation
  • The novitiate
  • Professional training
  • Vows
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