Day #296: Perfectae Caritatis 9-11

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

The Council Fathers continue the document by looking at monastic communities (article 9), lay religious communities (artilce 10) and secular institutes (artilce 11).

No Scripture citations or footnotes.

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Day #295: Perfectae Caritatis 7-8

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

In these paragraphs, the Council Fathers speak of how both contemplative orders (article 7) and active orders (article 8) ought to look at the reforms previously mentioned, but always with respect to their order’s function and charism.

Here are the Scripture citations:

Rom. 12:4

cf. Rom. 12:5-8

1 Cor. 12:4

Day #294: Perfectae Caritatis 5-6

Today we read again from the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life.

Article 5 reminds religious of what their response to their vocation means: a life lived for God.  Article 6 highlights the importance of prayer in living out this life for God.

Here are the Scripture citations:

cf. Rom. 6:11

cf. Phil. 2:7

cf. Rom. 8:1-13

cf. Mark 10:28

cf. Matt. 19:21

cf. Luke 10:42

cf. Luke 10:39

cf. 1 Cor. 7:32

cf. 1 John 4:10

cf. Col. 3:3

Phil. 3:8

Day #293: Perfectae Caritatis 3-4

Today we read again from the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life.

After laying out the main general principles, article 3 lists the various instances where the Council hopes for this renewal to take place.  Article 4 speaks of the need for this renewal to be conducted only in accordance with the law, while at the same time asking that those lawful authorities consult with their members.

No Scripture citations or footnotes.

Day #291: Perfectae Caritatis 1

After recently looking at documents on priests and the laity, today we begin the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, known by its Latin title of Perfectae Caritatis, which means “perfect charity”.

Article 1 introduces the document with reference to the “evangelical councils” — the hallmark of religious life including poverty, chastity and obedience.  The first paragraph alludes to the Council’s previous treatment of this topic in Chapter VI of Lumen Gentium.

This passage further indicates the primary purpose of the document, which is the renewal of religious life.  The Council Fathers emphasize that they only intend to lay down guiding principles and that the particular charisms of various religious orders are to be respected in implementing what is to come in the remainder of the document.

Here are the Scripture citations:

cf. 2 Tim 3:17

cf. Eph. 4:12

cf. Apoc. 21:2

cf. Eph. 3:10

cf. Matt. 8:20; Luke 9:58

cf. Phil. 2:8

cf. Rom. 5:5

cf. Col. 1:24

No footnotes.