Day #303: Perfectae Caritatis 24-25

Today we finish our reading from the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life.

In article 24, we see the Council Fathers remind priests, educators, parents, and religious that they all have a duty to foster vocations for the religious life.

Article 25 concludes the document with some words of encouragement and prayer from the Council Fathers.

Article 25 contains the document’s solitary footnote:

1. St. Ambrose, De Virginitate, 1, II, c. II, n. 15.

Day #302: Perfectae Caritatis 20-23

We continue on in our reading of the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life.

As the document winds down, the Council Fathers continue to tackle a variety of aspects of religious life.  In today’s reading, we see the document address the ministries that religious communities take on (article 20).  We also have a few words about religious communities that are not flourishing (article 21).  Finally, we see the encouragement of federations of religious communities (article 22) and conferences or councils or religious (article 23).

No Scripture citations or footnotes.

Day #301: Perfectae Caritatis 17-19

We continue on in our reading of the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life.

The Council Fathers continue to address a variety of issues that are part of religious life.  Today, we look at religious habits (article 17), the education and training of religious (article 18), and the establishment of new religious orders (article 19).

No Scripture citations or footnotes.

Day #300: Perfectae Caritatis 15-16

Today we continue our reading of the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life.

Article 15 contains a nice scriptural basis for the “communal life” aspect of religious communities.  Article 16 briefly addresses cloistered orders.

Here are the Scripture citations:

cf. Acts 4:32

cf. Rom. 12:10

cf. Gal. 6:2

cf. Rom. 5:5

cf. Matt. 18:20

cf. Rom. 13:10

cf. Col. 3:14

cf. 1 John 3:14

cf. John 13:35; 17:21

Day #299: Perfectae Caritatis 14

Today we continue our reading of the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life.

The Council Fathers have already reflected on chastity (article 12) and poverty (article 13).  In article 14, they discuss the final evangelical counsel: obedience.

Here are the Scripture citations:

cf. John 4:34; 5:30; Heb. 10:7; Ps. 39:9

Phil. 2:7

cf. Heb. 5:8

cf. Matt. 20:28; John 10:14-18

Eph. 4:13

Heb. 13:17

Day #298: Perfectae Caritatis 13

Today we continue our reading of the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life.

Yesterday, we looked at the evengelical counsel of chastity.  Today, in article 13, we take a look at poverty.

Here are the Scripture citations:

cf. 2 Cor. 8:9; Matt. 8:20

cf. Matt. 6:20

cf. Matt. 6:25

cf. Matt. 19:21, 25:34-46; James 2:15-16; 1 John 3:17