Religious Life in the 21st Century

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This seminal work, which surveys the historical rise and fall of religious orders and congregations, reveals the fundamental dispositions that these institutions need to integrate into a new spirituality and sense of mission. These include: being faithful to the new Reign of God as a companionship of empowerment; internalizing a cyclic sense of the paschal mystery in history; embracing God's creation as our primary eschatological space; learning from the great Foundresses, including Mary Josephine Rogers; and reading the signs of the times of the 21st century. Ech chatper includes a helpful study guide for group study and individual reflection.

Diarmuid O’Murchu is the author of pioneering books on spirituality and evolution that include Quantum Theology, Evolutionary Faith, Ancestral Grace, Adult Faith, In the Beginning Was the Spirit, God in the Midst of Change, and Inclusivity

Book Details

Title:
Religious Life in the 21st Century
Subtitle:
The Prospect of Refounding
Author:
Diarmuid O'Murchu
Includes:
Chapter study guides, index
Pages:
272
Binding:
softcover
As a vowed member of a religious order, it was exciting to read this book with its liminal vision for consecrated life. It accurately assesses the pitfalls of the evolution of religious life and presents a new vision for reclaiming the original call with a new expansiveness making religious life a witness in world not set apart from it. O’Murchu highlights the need to return to a transforming response to the signs of the times. His vision of the kingdom, as the “Companionship of Empowerment,” demands a reappropriation of the founding charism of our congregations and a renewal in life, and prayer, and above all, a faith centered on Jesus. This book will be especially helpful to congregations focused on refounding their communities in response to God’s call in the twenty-first century.
While primarily of interest to those involved with the vowed life, the revitalisation of committed communities is an issue of wide import to anyone dedicated to a life of mission.
This seminal work, which surveys the historical rise and fall of religious orders and congregations, reveals the fundamental dispositions that these institutions need to integrate into a new spirituality and sense of mission.
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