You may or may not know that Pope Francis has called for a special year long focus on Religious life for men and women. It will begin for the full year Advent 2015.
At the Nashville meeting of the LCWR, Vatican representative, Oblate Fr. Hank Lemoncelli, an undersecretary from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life presented the following, certainly mandated by His Holiness:
These are the questions and these are for all religious, men and women; but presented to the LCWR takes on special importance and when the good father did present the, the National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) reported,"though the questions were not directed at LCWR specifically, given the criticism the group has received, they caused murmurs throughout the crowd when Lemoncelli read them." : (my comment" what a happy, delicious, inebriating name!)
- At what point are we ... to return to the source of every form of Christian life and to the founding charisms of our institutes?
- Are our institutes adapting in an evangelical way to changing conditions?
- Is following Christ, as taught by the Gospels, the fundamental norm?
- Are we faithfully observing the spirit and names of our founders and foundresses so as to preserve their charism?
- Is Sentire Cum Ecclesia, thinking with the Church, a strong feature of our institute? Are we seeking to realize the goals of the church in biblical, liturgical, dogmatic, pastoral, missionary and social fields?
- Are all members of our institute made aware of the condition of our times and the needs of the church in such a way as to awaken in them the commitment to living in community with others, animated by a spirit of faith and ardent apostolic zeal?
- Is each member of our community loved personally, taking into account their physical, spiritual, psychological and cultural conditions?
- Are obedience and authority dimensions of a life true fraternity amongst us, or do they remain instruments of power and enslavement, perhaps disguised by unhealthy spirituality?