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Consecrated life (letter)

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 Contents - Jun 2001AD2000 June 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Church reform: from Stage One to Stage Two - Michael Gilchrist
Archbishop Pell installed in Sydney - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Basic Ecclesial Communities: Adelaide's 'new model of church' - Michael Gilchrist
Annual women priests protest in Adelaide - AD2000 Report
Denver document addresses challenges to Catholic marriage teachings - AD2000 Report
US missionary risks death in Colombia - Zenit News Service
Anglican defence of Catholic inter-Communion ban - Fr Geoffrey Kirk
How a small rural parish survived against the odds - Paul Newton
Light to the Nations 2001 - Young Australian Catholics celebrate their faith - Mary-Jane Donnellan
Letters: Archbishop Pell (letter) - Godwin Brown
Letters: Ballarat Diocese (letter) - Fr Gerry Baldock
Letters: Encouragement (letter) - John F. Doran
Letters: Consecrated life (letter) - Therese O'Rourke
Letters: Indian appeal (letter) - Kevin L. Fernandes
Letters: Annunciation (letter) - Andrew Scholl
Letters: Altar (letter) - Stuart J. Blackwood
Letters: Science and Christianity (letter) - Mrs Carol V. Phillips
Letters: Sexual abstinence (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: 'Lest we forget' (letter) - Marion Craig
Books: The Turin Shroud: Past, Present and Future, International Scientific Symposium - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: 'As One Struggling Christian to Another: Augustine's Christian Ideal for Today' - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: 'Blessed Columba Marmion: a Short Biography' by Mark Tierney OSB - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: 'The Wedding Present' by Viscountess Margaret Long - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: 'The Doctors of the Church' by Bernard McGinn - Angela Joseph (reviewer)
Books: 'Praying The Psalms: A Commentary' by Fr Stanley L. Jaki - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: 'Praying with Thomas Aquinas' by Houle, Monshau and Norris - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Reflection: The priest: mediator between God and man - Archbishop George Pell

I write in support of the letter "Consecrated life" (November AD2000).

The Holy Spirit does not very frequently inspire a member of the Church to found a new institute of consecrated life. However, He does do so sometimes and the resultant new groups are useful to the Church and contribute to its life. So, whoever the Holy Spirit chooses to receive the founding gift (charism) needs to be generous enough to co-operate with it despite the tremendous personal sacrifice which will almost certainly be involved.

According to Fr Elio Gambari SMM, in The Canonical Establishment of a Religious Institute, "The Holy Spirit Himself is judge of what can and ought to be established to fulfil the needs of the Church," and also of whom He chooses to promote the project and their circumstances.

THERESE O'ROURKE
Corio, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 5 (June 2001), p. 13

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