Consecrated life is a deep immersion into Christ and his loving embrace of humanity. This witness transforms and heals the sufferings of the world. When many individuals discern that joining with one another is a more profound witness to consecrated life, they gather in a prayerful communal setting to determine how such a witness will speak to the crying needs of our times. Such a communal witness continues to bear fruit by moving through various stages that are designed to test its viability. This process is marked by a holy dialogue between the members of the community and the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. The new book by author Eileen Jaramillo, Evolving into a Vibrant Religious Institute, seeks to help people learn more about the theological principles that have been designed into a process in the Code of Canon Law. While those adherences are necessary at different times, the life of consecrated men and women must flow from a deep awareness of the spiritual dimensions of such a life...In recognizing that consecrated life is Christocentric, the law lifts such a life out of a barren existence. After looking at the underpinnings of this process, Eileen uses a variety of sources to paint a picture of the communal forms that are developing in the United States and other countries. The appendices are invaluable. They give practical details about the elements involved in the process. Evolving into a Vibrant Religious Institute will assist readers in identifying the beauty and challenges in founding new religious institutes. With the expertise and guidance offered by Eileen, communities that seek to become religious institutes will be guided in this endeavor.
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