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The Disciples' Call: Theologies of Vocation from Scripture to the Present Day

The Disciples' Call: Theologies of Vocation from Scripture to the Present Day

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By (author) Fr. Christopher Jamison

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  • Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 22mm | 420g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 056731099X
  • ISBN 13: 9780567310996
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 259,761

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There is currently no shared language of vocation among Catholics in the developed, post-modern world of Europe and North America. The decline in practice of the faith and a weakened understanding of Church teaching has led to reduced numbers of people entering into marriage, religious life and priesthood. Uniquely, this book traces the development of vocation from scriptural, patristic roots through Thomism and the Reformation to engage with the modern vocational crisis. How are these two approaches compatible? The universal call to holiness is expressed in Lumen Gentium has been read by some as meaning that any vocational choice has the same value as any other such choice; is some sense of a higher calling part of the Catholic theology of vocation or not? Some claim that the single life is a vocation on a par with marriage and religious life; what kind of a theology of vocation leads to that conclusion? And is the secular use of the word 'vocation' to describe certain profession helpful or misleading in the context of Catholic theology?

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Fr Christopher Jamison, OSB, is Director of the National Office for Vocation, London, UK. He has written Finding Sanctuary; Finding Happiness [Orion] and writes a monthly column in The Tablet and does Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show

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The contributors who have a keen interest in the theology and nature of vocation have given an excellent exposition of all the major themes that will help vocations directors and promoters in the exercise of their ministry. The assistance that psychologists offer to vocations personnel and their teams are covered in one of the concluding chapters of the book. This piece, authored by Dr Peter Tyler, is quite simply essential reading for vocation ministers. It is by far the best exposition of this topic that I have seen in some years [...] I would heartily recommend this contribution to the much underdeveloped corpus of material on vocations and will be a most useful resource -- Fr Gerard Dunne OP Irish Dominican Vocations Blog These essays ... contain immense experience and wisdom for any to whom younger Christians turn for guidance. The Reader This series of essays is eye-opening, mind-broadening and heart-expanding. It offers the reader a look into the rich tradition, history, and theology of vocation - lay, priestly, monastic, and religious - as well as consideration of the meaning of vocation in the present day. The essays tell a story of where we have been - looking to the times before and after the Second Vatican Council - and consider with well-reasoned ideas and thoughtful insights where we need to go in the future. We stand at a critical juncture in the history of the Church: these writings will foster a lively regard for Catholic faith. -- Abbot Gregory J. Polan, O.S.B., Conception Abbey, USA This fascinating book has something for everyone. Almost without exception, the chapters are beautifully written, scholarly but accessible to people who are not specialists. It explores how the life of every human being is a vocation, whose deepest meaning is to respond to God's call to love and freedom. It also suggests how each of us can discern what might be our particular way of realising this vocation, through marriage, religious life, priesthood or single life. I could not put it down. -- Fr Timothy Radcliffe O.P.

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1: The History of the Theology of Vocation SCRIPTURAL. What theologies of vocation are to be found in the Bible? Rev Dr John Hemer MONASTIC. Did the desert fathers and mothers think they had what today we call a vocation? Rev Prof Richard Price THOMIST. 'The will to enter religious life does not need to be tested to see whether it is from God' (ST II-II 189:10): Can Aquinas' understanding of vocation still work? Rev Joseph Bolin IGNATIAN. What is the special contribution of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius to vocation discernment? Sr Dr Gemma Simmonds REFORMATION. How did the Reformation develop the theology of vocation? Rev Dr David Hoyle MODERN CATHOLIC. 'The Irreducible Particularity of Christ' - Hans Urs von Balthasar and a Theology of Vocation. Sr Dr Gill Goulding, CJ Part 2: A Contemporary Theology of Vocation THE VOCATION OF THE CHURCH: 'The Sign We Give' - An Ecclesiology of Mission, Ministry, and Vocation. Rev Prof Richard Lennan ECCLESIAL VOCATIONS. Within the universal call to holiness, what is distinctive about vocations to the priesthood and the religious life? Sr Cathy Jones,ra MARITAL STATUS. How are marriage and the single life to be understood as vocations? How are they connected to the clerical state? Rev Yuriy Kolasa Part 3: A Contemporary Theology of Vocation THE PSYCHOLOGY OF VOCATION: How is the call of Christ heard today? Dr Peter Tyler THE CHURCH AND DISCERNMENT: What does the Church need to do to become a place of discernment for all? Rt Rev Christopher Jamison, OSB Bibliography Index