Mutuae Relationes 26: Formation for the Community

SenanquecloisterIn this section, a few words on the formation of members of religious communities. You can check the full document online here.

26. Superiors should see to it with all solicitude that their religious remain faithful to their vocation. They should foster opportune adaptations to cultural, social and economic conditions, according to the needs of the times, being vigilant however, lest these adaptations go beyond just limits in the direction of customs contrary to religious life. Cultural updating and specialized studies taken up by religious should deal with subjects pertinent to the distinctive nature of the institute. Such studies should not be programmed with a view to achieving personal goals as if they were a means of wrongly understood self-fulfillment, but with a view to responding to the requirements of the apostolic commitments of the religious family itself, in harmony with the needs of the Church.

Among other things, superiors should look to adapt to new situations. But only when such stretches keep members within the particular mission of the apostolate. Makes sense: any need outside a mission should be met by another community or by the laity. Note also that individuals serve a community and that personal formation occurs with an eye to the whole.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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