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Partnership in Lay Spirituality

Author(s): Maureen Dolan

ISBN13: 9781856075633

ISBN10: 185607563


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  • The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) ushered in a new springtime for the church, touching all aspects of its self-understanding, life and members. On the one hand, the council gave great encouragement to religious to renew themselves and their congregations, taking special account of their heritage, of their founding charism and of the needs of the contemporary world. On the other hand, laity were challenged by the universal call to holiness found in the councils central document, "The Constitution on the Church" (chap 5). At first religious and laity sought to answer this call in their own way, but soon there would be an exciting new development as religious and laity together found a new approach to fulfilling the vision of the council. There was a convergence of interests as laity sought a viable spirituality and religious tried to show their charism as relevant for the contemporary world. This current phenomenon goes by various names, such as lay association, affiliation or lay associate membership of a religious institute; the reality is sharing in the charism, life and spirituality of religious institutes by lay people.
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