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Exegesis and Incarnation Towards Recovering a biblical Perspective on Consecrated Life


It is common knowledge that Consecrated Life/Religious Life as a valid vocational path is questioned in our world today. It is questioned by non-believers, as one would expect. It is also questioned by believers and by some well-meaning Catholic Christians. For example, when a young lady known to me left her well-paid job recently to join a contemplative community, many of my friends thought it a waste of a life! “After all, couldn’t she do more for society by joining a missionary or ministerial group where she could make a difference in people’s lives as a teacher or social worker or medical professional?” And the same questioners say to me: ‘What are you doing, Mary, in Presentation, that you could not do better, or at least just as well, if you were less restricted?’

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