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The return to normalcy for many in our diocese remains a challenge. Many homes and parishes still have not seen many repairs or the help they properly need. There are still some who lack the necessities like food and running water. Let us not lose courage. You are not alone. We are a body when one member is hurt the whole body feels it. So, let us continue to be that example of holiness in these trying times.

The worst thing we can do is leave only passing glances to those who need our help. As Christians, we must extend a hand and lift the lowly. Even still a year after the storm, I continue to witness great resilience, creativity in attempting solutions, tremendous generosity from those near and far. Last month, we had the joy of recognizing many individuals and organizations for their contributions in the recovery efforts. Over the summer approximately young volunteers have come and concretely responded with the relief efforts.

Prayer involves listening as well as speaking. Silence is essential as we discern where the Lord is calling us. We should not be reluctant to ask God for his help in prayers of supplication, praying for our needs and the needs of others. While Pope Francis gives us the knowledge to be holy, we have the opportunity and the choice to be that example, that beacon of light to those in need. I have witnessed these signs of holiness in our parishioners and the unity they built within the Body of Christ. I have seen the joy in the many volunteers that come to visit.

I have seen the community come together wonderfully in their efforts to help the victims. Father Prince Kuruvila is released as pastor of St. John of the Cross in Orange Grove and St. Francis of Assisi Mission in Lagarto and is granted a sabbatical and medical leave of absence, effective July Francis of Assisi Mission in Lagarto, effective July Valerian M.

Okeke, Archbishop of Onitsha, appointed as parochial administrator of St. The corrected assignment is above. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish on June Leonard Pivonka, JCD and several priests of the diocese. Her funeral services were held at the convent with a rosary and wake service on Thursday, June 28 and the Mass of Resurrection on Friday, June 29, with a great number of her relatives, friends, other sisters and associates.


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Valid through August Visit our website for an updated list. It has truly been a gift from our heavenly Father that has grown and deepened over time. Baptized Kathryn Dolan, I was born Aug. I grew up in Sartell, Minnesota, a small town in the central part of the state. I was raised in a small Catholic family which included my parents and my older brother Sean in a home where the Catholic faith was honored and valued.

My parents diligently taught us, through their word and example, the importance of striving for virtue and treating people with dignity and respect. Often people will ask if I always wanted to be a sister, but to be honest, that thought had not really occurred to me. Growing up, I was not exposed to very many religious sisters, so I had not considered it an option. Even though I was unaware, I think the Lord was still preparing me, because, from a young age, I always had a deep desire to pursue what was right and good. My heart has always been moved with compassion for those who struggle to communicate.

It was the Newman Center on campus where the Catholic faith came alive in my life, and I started seeking the Lord with greater zeal and fervor. During my. After I graduated from college and being uncertain of what God was calling me to, I decided to give a year of service to the Lord, in hopes that he would reveal himself and what he desired for my life. It was through this mission experience that the Lord broke open a seed of desire in my heart, that was planted long ago, a desire to give myself totally to Him. The seed has continued to open ever since. When it came time to discern a community of sisters God was calling me to, my heart kept returning to SOLT.

Through my immersion into the charism of SOLT while volunteering in Belize, the experience of family, and the gentle presence of our Blessed Mother poured through the SOLT members is where I found peace and felt most at home. I entered the initial stage of formation in March in Holman, New Mexico. It has been a great privilege to coordinate retreats, offering many people in the diocese and beyond, a place to deepen their relationship with the Lord and encounter Jesus in new and profound ways. The Lord has abundantly blessed my journey thus far.

So, my heart eagerly sings His praise and I give thanks to the Father for the gift of my vocation! It is truly a gift from above, and with his guiding hand, I look forward to watching it unfold. How right it is that we should sing your praise. Strive to be proclaimers of the truth Sister Ma. Purificacion Palis is with the Religious Missionaries of St. Dominic Spanish Province. To reflect on this divine call, it is imperative that we ponder the rich legacy, passed on to us by our predecessors, for their heroic lives laid the foundation of what we are today.

The Religious Missionaries of St. Dominic was founded by a group of Dominican priests belonging to the Province of the Holy Rosary of Spain in It was the time when they were rebuilding the mission in the Orient after the Opium War of Prompted by their missionary zeal, they realized that the prayers and works of their Dominican Sisters were exigent to their work of evangelization. The situation in their mission cried for the sacrifices of consecrated women, who, driven by the love of Christ, would accept the life of hardships and uncertainties in a foreign country.

Inspired by the exemplary life of the missionaries, a group of 17 young women responded to the call. After a period of training, they embarked for China with Mother Josefa Alzua as their first prioress. Nourished by a life of sacrifice and dedication, their apostolate flourished and, more and more young women joined them. However, a tragic episode loomed over the country. The Communist takeover of China threatened their very existence. The life of the missionaries and their evangelization became extremely difficult.

The priests and sisters were jailed and whatever properties they had were confiscated. Finally, they were expelled from their beloved mission in Juan Zabala, a Dominican priest, invited our sisters to take the administration of. Joseph School in Alice, Texas. Our superiors, with the blessings of Bishop Mariano Garriga, accepted the invitation in God blessed our educational apostolate.

Eventually, the sisters took charge of the parish catechetical work, youth and adult ministries, spiritual retreats and other pastoral ministries needed in the parish. Our consecrated life is sustained by our three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and its four pillars of prayer, community, study and preaching. Like him, we are devoted to the Rosary and fervently spread its devotion. Since we strive to be proclaimers of the truth, we engage in the study of the Word of God and the teachings of the Church assiduously.

We draw strength and support for our apostolate by our life lived in community. We wear a habit to express our identity as consecrated religious belonging to a distinctive institute.

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Therefore, for the glory of our Lord, we endeavor to pursue the Dominican vocation to praise, to bless, to preach. This year she celebrates her 45th anniversary of religious profession. Though it may have been a financial burden for them, her parents enrolled all of their children in Camiling Catholic Secondary School managed by the Dominican sisters. Thomas in Manila, Philippines the oldest Pontifical University under the Dominican Fathers and after graduating taught music in different Catholic schools in the Philippines.

It was hard leaving her native country and family. Her first assignment was to teach in the Diocese of Corpus Christi at St. Joseph School in Beeville. In , she was assigned to St. Jerome in Houston, teaching music and in charge of the Liturgy for 10 years. She was then assigned to St. Anthony in Robstown to again be a music teacher and liturgist.

She practices the songs and readings for all student Masses: K3 to second grade on Mondays; third to fifth grade every Wednesday; sixth to eighth grade on Fridays as well as an all-school Mass every first Friday of the month and every second Sunday of the month. Sharing with Him all my joys, sorrows, challenges in life. I have always been very grateful for my vocation, family and community. I am trying to be faithful with my prayer life however busy I am with my apostolate. Then something unexpected happened that changed his life: He fell in love with the Church. I just love that aspect of the priesthood.

The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women established the burse in , and it will support 13 seminarians next year. Without a burse and a system to support it, the cost of training seminarians for the priesthood would have to come directly from. Father Romeo Salinas, Vocation Director for the diocese, said that money should not be a roadblock for potential priests. We need help with that cost. Only the dividends and interest earned on the principal amount can be used.

The balance of the dividends and interest pays for seminary tuition, room and board, travel, retreats, and basic needs such as clothing and toiletries. Seminarians also receive medical insurance and a monthly stipend. Some of the schools where seminarians from Corpus Christi enroll include St.

College in Rome. In addition to contributions from Burse Club members, the DCCW receives monthly collections raised from parishes and holds an annual fund drive. Martha Orem, former president of the DCCW, said that her organization would present Bishop Michael Mulvey with funds collected from and at their convention in November. Father Salinas said that the Burse Club and the DCCW are very important to the community because of their efforts in raising the money necessary to support the diocesan seminarians. Pendleton expressed gratitude for that support.

His canonization process has been opened since Feb. The Schoenstatt Movement is devoted to Mary and its guiding principle is to form the Christian personality with strength of character and deep spiritual life. It also focuses on creating a strong Christian community as a support model for society. In his homily, Bishop Mulvey said the Schoenstatt Movement brings charity and Jesus into our daily lives. We need to reach out to the periphery of society. We are not to judge or condemn, but to love.

They need our love. We must reach out in love to others. We need to be the antidote of the poisons of society. Father Gerold Langsch was blessed to have studied with Father Kentenich the last three years of his life before his death in He is currently serving at St. Paul Parish in Austin. Father Langsch described the Schoenstatt Movement as building faith within the spiritual community. It is hard to believe that my journey as a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary began so long ago and had taken me halfway around the world!

I was born in the Philippines. My parents were religious and set the foundation for my spiritual openness. I grew up in a Catholic environment and went to Catholic school. Initially, I had other plans for my life, but God had something better for me. He showed me the way through a priest. Mary draws hearts to her Schoenstatt Shrine and offers graces of transformation to those who dedicate themselves to her. She unites the members in the shrine and strengthens them for the apostolates of the Schoenstatt Movement.

The institute is a family-like community where all strive to live in, with, and for one another. Their many and varied apostolic fields demand a dynamic lifestyle. In February , I said goodbye to my family and friends and with another young woman flew to Germany to enter the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. When we arrived, we had to take a rush course learning the German language for about three months.

Then we were enrolled. Contributed photo. However, since it was challenging for us to follow the classes in German, we were invited first to begin our postulancy — the initial training to become a sister, and then to continue our studies later. Of all the qualities of our father and founder, his priestly fatherhood was the. He truly reflected the features of God the Father as Jesus taught us in the Bible: a caring fatherliness that gave life, strength, joy and a fatherliness that brought God to us.

In novitiate, among other things we studied theology and philosophy. I reached a point where I started to doubt. Is there really a God, a God who loves us personally?

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If there is a God, what does he look like? For the popular Catholic a miracle transcends the real chances of the devotee. The low level of education they receive, the poor conditions in which the health ser- vices operate , and structural poverty in Latin America does not permit poor people to respond to unexpected situations Marzal, It is not that miracles transcend natural laws and scientific possibili- ties.

It is the relationship established between the devotee and the Saint, the Virgin or Christ that produce the miracle. Because they supported their faith and hope, this helped them insist and achieve what they aimed at. And this relationship is what they are grateful for, therefore they fulfil their promise to visit their shrines, to pray or to organize a Novena as Ruby did. Devotion to the Virgin Mary under different names has been part of her life since she was a child. She remembers when she saw the Virgin of Mercy crying in a procession.

She encountered problems of abuse and mistreatment when she was sent to work as a maid when she was thirteen years old8. She lives religion at home I teach my children to believe in God always because He helps us in one way or another. To me, it is very important that they believe in God. The 8 She was sent to work by her family when she was 13 years old, and suffered abuse and mistreatment from the family that employed her as a maid. That is the only thing I tell them.

She also lives religion in church. Her lived religion also extends to the neighbourhood, because she promised the Virgin of the Nativity that she would organise a Novena for her every year, to thank her for having borne children. For 15 years now, she has invited her neighbours to participate for one week, and one of them is asked to be a steward for the Virgin and to oversee organising the prayer, the food, and everything. Now there are different families involved in the Novena, taking turns to receive the Virgin in their homes and sharing food with each other.

When her husband cannot find work, she prays to the Virgin of the Nativity. Please help him, I pray, and she will listen to me, and my husband finds a job. Ruby communicates directly with the other world. She asks him for help because he is already close to God. She did not want to talk about this, because now they are back together. On that occasion, she went to church to talk to the Lord on the Cross, because she lived alone in Lima.

As a mother, she says that even though she did not complete her education, she tells her children that they must go on and be someone in life. Everyone asks her how she manages to do this if she herself was unable to obtain an education, but she answers that she can make them read and review their notes to learn more. Like Roberto, Ruby has experienced living near relatives with dif- ferent religious beliefs. And God is watching me, and He is sending me blessings, be- cause I like to share with all those who are also in need. Loving thy neighbour and love of God appear to be related in her daily life.

This is what Ammerman refers to as the Golden rule in relig- ion: to do good to those in need and this is what Ruby does even when she does not have to. Roberto and Ruby have not an easy life. Roberto had a direct and ac- tive experience with urban violence as member of a social tribe in his youth, but he learned the importance of leadership. His contact with re- ligion was occasional as a child, but he is more actively searching for the meaning of faith today, due to the permanent conversation he has established with his wife.

He is interested in knowing more about the Gospel and the Bible, always in relation to the social reality, and this connection is what he finds in the Catholic Church. Ruby was abused and mistreated at a very young age, but she was able move forward with the help of her family, God, the Virgin, and the Saints. There are some important things to say about how these two people live religion in the church and society. Roberto works very closely with the parish in his district.

He invites the priest to public meetings, where the priest can learn about local problems and listen to different alternate solutions that neighbours propose to solve them. He has incorporated the parish as a neighbourhood organisation, legitimating it as a civil in- stitution.

He crosses the borders between church and society, and he works to link religion to everyday life. The church as a sacred space is very important for her. It is a place for prayer, to talk to God, and for meditation. For her it may be a private place to enjoy a moment of confidence. Nevertheless, she lives religion in her family interacting with her children and rela- tives, and in her neighbourhood, where she organises an annual Novena for the Virgin of the Nativity.

She has attenuated the borders between her home and her neighbourhood Ammerman, by connecting her private faith, to that of her neighbours, all participating in the an- nual public procession she organises. Lived religion in the church and in civil society The next two stories are those of Isabel and Pancho, two profession- als with different degrees of commitment to the Catholic Church. They tell us how they live religion in church, and in society in a middle-class social context, as well as family references.

Isabel is an adult woman, a geographer-engineer. According to her, she comes from a Catholic home where her dad and mom not necessar- ily went to church.

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Continuing with the question on how she lived religion with her family, she refers to values: The issue of honesty is an example from my family, and the issue of soli- darity comes from my family, as well. Every year, in December, they would knock on the door and bring chickens, baby goats, and rabbits for him. And that has been very important to me. I remember it… I remember. I remember that because I was very impressed by it. And now I argue with my mother for her frugality. We have lived, six persons, on the salary of a teacher, but now we are doing well; why is she so concerned with not spending money?

How does Isabel live religion in the church? By coming close to people and communicating with them. Since she and her group started working in a precarious chapel and aimed at having a church built, they had the opportunity to receive different priests who work with them. One of the priests was very enthusiastic and accepted her proposal to express more joy, to use more music and to to perform the liturgy bet- ter. After a parish was established and the church institutionalised all services, Isabel and the pastoral group which had built a community to- gether, started another pilgrimage around their neighbourhood looking for a parish that would accept them to live religion in the church.

Isabel has been accepted at the choir of a nearby parish, and she lives religion there. Isabel is happy with Pope Francis, because he brings up issues that the church had not been willing to discuss before, like wealth and bo- gus poverty within the church. For her this is an important and sensitive topic after so many years celebrating Mass in a hut made of cane. They need an outgoing church. Isabel considers herself a person that has faith in God. He exists because He moves me to do things that make me happy and that may make others happy. I am a believer because I have had the opportunity to develop my spiritual life, and that concentrates on what the Lord is in my life: what God is in my life.

For Isabel, to live religion in society is to do her job. She is an envi- ronmental engineer, and her career is where she develops her individu- ality. Living religion in her job means to have God with her always, and to try to see how she develops as a human person in her profes- sional career. It means using humble language, [both] reflective and quick to respond even with statements that will be different from those of others. At her job, she can deal with environmental problems, like oversee- ing industrial and domestic water.

But I remember my family, where I learned honesty and solidarity. Coming from a Catholic family not related to parish life, Isabel had the opportunity to do so when they moved to a new housing devel- opment and started building a religious community. For Isabel and her neighbours, it was also an invitation to live relig- ion as individuals, creating, in the process, a community to live relig- ion: to learn more about how God is present in their lives, explore other forms by which to express their faith, through music, theatre and cul- tural events and to relate faith to everyday social problems.

The church contributed with them by sending pastoral agents — clergy and laypeople from other parishes — to organise the celebration of Mass, the preparation for other sacraments, and other initiatives related to lived religion in the neighbourhood. This situation changed once the parish became estab- lished. As Isabel narrates, her workplace has now becomes the centre where she can live her religion. Pancho is the fourth of the participants that represent different ap- proaches to lived religion.

He is a middle-aged Catholic lawyer. When he was a boy, he accompanied his mother to the church of Saint Francis in downtown Lima to visit St. Jude Thaddeus. When she emi- grated to the United States, she left him the task of fulfilling her prom- ise, and so he became a member of the Fraternity and goes at least once a month, on Thursdays, to greet St.

Jude, and once a year to the proces- sion. Pancho acclaims having a very intimate relationship with St. He prays at home, first to God, and then to St. Jude, and he does the same when he visits the big church of St. Francis, where the statue of Jude is. He talks to Jude, asks him to prevent him from being anxious, he asks him to give him peace, and help him be calm. He asks him to guide him and illuminate him with ideas. And St. Jude helps him, a man who lives with great uncertainty, since he is a lawyer and his job depends on the cases he can solve and on the clients who bring their problems to him.

He relates to Jude as he does with a friend. Pancho, says that he goes to Mass every Sunday at churches near his home, but he is not involved in parish life because he is divorced, and prefers not to be censored or rejected by the parish priest or the com- munity. He also explains that he repeats the formula and the sign of the cross three times, because it is a symbolic number of Freemasonry. How does he juggle his association with the freemasons, his Ca- tholicism, and his devotion to St. He says that in Peru, Masonry is Roman Catholic. For instance, Masonry was the first place where I practiced virtues.

Then we talk about things that are not present in religion. Nevertheless, he always associated them with religion. For Pancho, Catholicism and Freemasonry are complementary, and ethical issues and concerns are closer to his experience with Masonry than with the church. It is in his friendship with St. Jude that he lives religion. His image is in his home, and he starts the day by praying to God and to Jude to obtain their help, good ideas, peace, work and he finishes the day by praying to thank first God and then St.

Jude for what he got that day. He asks St. Jude: Help me to be a better person and to live in this life the best I can get. This because he has to assist his family and friends in the Fraternity of St. Jude who are in need as well as his individual employers, since he is a lawyer. Conclusions In a context of religious transformation, where religious diversity is already present, and there is a growing minority of Christian churches — with Pentecostal and Neo-Pentecostal movements — the perspective of lived religion displays a variety of situations where individuals are keep- ing traditions on one side, and on the other, innovating their religious practices that are not limited to the church space and performance.

Roberto lives religion in his neighbourhood, as a local leader with a public position in the municipal administration, where he tries to help his neighbours to have a better life. He lives religion in the Church with great autonomy participating in special religious activities, and having a friendly relationship with the parish priest since he is learning about his self-declared Catholic identity. At home, he lives faith as an interre- ligious experience with his family. Ruby lives religion at home with her family and takes her religion to the neighbourhood. She has experienced a miracle.

As Marzal says: Most popular Catholics live in the wonderful world of the miracle. For the popular Catholic a miracle transcends the real chances of the devotee, very limited because they are not educated, experience health services that work in very bad conditions,. From his mother Pancho inherited the mission of continuing her promise to Saint Jude, but now he has his own reasons for being a devotee. Isabel, an engineer and geographer, is now professionally involved in environmental issues, where she is afraid to reduce her spirituality to the sole function of being honest, a value she a cquired in her family.

As a pas- toral agent, she was committed to taking the church to the neighbourhood. Following her vocation, she lives religion in her personal and collective ac- tion in favour of her neighbours, the people who need a clean environment and by doing so she articulates values and spirituality. Families constitute an important topos of mediation and a key source of identification with traditional Catholic beliefs, values, symbols, and images. They link the private with the public in many senses through their devo- tions, or living it in both ambits.

They may add pictures of family members who have already passed away, and who they remember for their good works and now see as mediators. Hence, in the context of family, traditional beliefs and rituals are constituted as references both to legitimate religious identity and to maintain the continuity of a religious community Sakaranaho, , which may start in the family, continue in the neighbourhood or workplace, and which may be associated with the local parish. Within the family, and in the neighbourhood, in the workplace and even in the church environment, religious rituals are reconstructed and given new meaning, making it a place where secular and sacred experiences interact fluidly.

Location allows believers to connect not only with God or the transcendence, but also with their personal and family stories. In this way, as Ammerman asserts, religious and spiritual understanding oper- ates across the many domains of daily life experience, eliminating borders in some cases and building new ones in others. Teorie, metodi, applicazioni, Armando Editore, Rome , pp. Degregori C. Ferrarotti F. Fine Gary A. Marzal M. The study of lived religion.

In Hall, D. Lived religion in America: toward a history of practice, Princeton University Press, Princeton, Sakaranaho T. Wood R. For both Catholics who are far from the institution and those who still have a link with it, the spaces for living religion are manifold and varied. Keywords: Catholics, institutions, space, practices, Uruguay. En segundo lugar, se releva que las narraciones sobre estos espacios no siempre son historias espirituales desde el principio al fin. Para el Autor, los espacios para Dios constituyen la abreviatura de lugares, ocasiones y acciones a los que las personas atribuyen significados espirituales o religiosos Williams, Pensar en los espacios resulta fundamental a la hora de pensar en las conexiones que que hacen las personas con lo trascendente.

Uno de los criterios con los que se puede distinguir la experiencia de lo trascendente en el hogar es observar si se lleva a cabo en modo individual o junto con otras personas, como por ejemplo con la propia familia. Varios entrevistados rezan antes de acostarse o al levantarse. Cuando se menciona el momento de la mesa, por ejemplo, las personas se refieren a situaciones de tipo colectivas, como es bendecir los alimentos antes de las comidas.

Pero al mismo tiempo estas actividades cotidianas aparecen en algunas oportunidades dotadas de sentido trascendente. Por un lado, se pueden individuar quienes declaran una fe presente en todo momento y que es interpretada como marco de creencias en las que se basa la persona para desarrollar su trabajo y actuar socialmente. Encontramos en estos relatos, al igual que Williams , que el factor del tiempo resulta fundamental y que incorporar a Dios en la vida cotidiana se convierte en un acto que requiere disciplina y creatividad.

El espacio de la naturaleza El espacio de la naturaleza hace referencia a lugares variados. El amanecer, el silencio y la belleza ayudan a sentirse cercano a Dios. O el atardecer en el mar, me encanta. Asimismo, este trabajo no pretende ni puede quitar el lugar y la importancia que las instituciones religiosas y sus congregaciones tienen para el desarrollo de la fe del individuo.

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Las congregaciones religiosas siguen siendo espacios fundamentales de vivencia de lo religioso. Caetano G. Una mirada desde la historia, en Da Costa N. Da Costa N. Davie G. Durkheim E. Presentado el 1 de noviembre de en Santiago de Chile. Lefebvre H. Cristianismo y religiosidad en nuestro tiempo, Sal Terrae, Cantabria, Religion for Workers in the Creative Class. Marti G. Marx K.

Shields R. It is no coincidence, therefore, that recent sociological studies report a number of formal and substantial changes in the traditional social functions of religion and an individual sensitiv- ity less inclined than in the past to metabolise faith in incontestable and indisputable terms. Furthermore, secularisation, assumed as an explicit category of the contemporary re- ligious scenario, is viewed with growing scepticism, as the concept is unable to theoretically sum up the present-day Weltanschauung which does not expend itself in mere transition from a metaphysical forma mentis to one which is, today, post-ideological and technical-scientific Habermas, ; Berger, ; Pace, The scientific mind-set has not obscured the universe of the sacred which still represents one — though not the only one — of the many possible anchorages of meaning Taylor, In brief, we have moved from an ascribing-binding to an acquisitive-voluntary model of religiosity, no longer subject to "social pressure" or mere custom, but the result, on the contrary, of subjective decision.

The theoretical-methodological approach to the lived religion in Rome survey To try to understand the overt and latent aspects of the complex "cri- sis" of traditional religion, some of the teachings of the classical soci- ologists may be useful, because their theses offer, first of all, a solid theoretical basis from which to depart. Thirdly, by combining theirs with more recent sociological criteria, we are enabled to calibrate better the interpretative pathways that, in the specific case dealt with here, concern the area of belief, which, incidentally, is cur- rently characterised by an unprecedented phase of liminality or of al- ternation between a perennial "becoming" and a continuous "return" of some of its symbolic traits.

Moreover, Simmel laid the foundations for in-depth investigation of the topic of belief, in that he highlighted not only its functional and substantial aspects, but its manifold declinations at the intersection between various dimensions, which coagulate feelings and experiences concerning the different "worlds of life ", of the public and private spheres; of action and the system; of the individual and the institutional; of the subjective, the ob- jective and the ideal Rovati, ; Castegnaro, ; Simmel, When all comes to all, by shifting scholarly attention from the insti- tutional to the private aspect of religiosity, Simmel placed the intimate character of religion within the canon of empirical knowledge, inaugu- rating the "subjectivist" interpretative model.

It is no accident that in this specific investigation of lived religion in Rome, religion was not observed on the basis of a general norm, but on that of a "humanist" paradigm which included subjective meanings leading to action, with no inclination towards an impersonal study of reality or the ambition to glean statistical evidence.

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At the same time, its theoretical background did not overlook Weberian thinking, starting from the concept of relig- iously motivated action that is, action with feeling. Like Simmel, We- ber took no interest in religion as such, but was concerned with the im- pact it might have on people's lives and on the whole texture of society Colozzi, From some of the interviews, besides, it emerges how strongly this concept of a God the Father proves functional to the re- configuration of family identity and relationships. Besides, this kind of paternal representation of God, who does not judge but supports emo- tionally, were noted by a number of national surveys, like that led by Franco Garelli Other descriptions of God are creator of the universe; superior en- tity; constant presence, also in nature.

The interviewees see God also in terms of their own life experience. Generally speaking, from a number of different answers there emerges a certain distance from codified rules in favour of a lesser degree of ethical imperativeness. There is also a prevalence of the ability to perceive sin and guilt clearly. In this regard, a year-old married female graduate claims that sin is defined on the basis of laws drawn up by others, therefore by the powers that be, by a religious authority acting as spokesperson, mediator.

Therefore, someone else has the power to decide whether there is sin or not, guilt or not. Another single year-old female graduate denies the existence of a net distinction between good and evil and says I think that good and evil do not exist in reality. Therefore, I do not think it is appropriate to divide the world into good and evil, into black and white, as if a clear line could be drawn between them. Others still, rather than reflect on good and evil, try to establish a difference between sin, often considered involuntary, and guilt, which is the disquiet caused by awareness of sin.

One year-old married man, a graduate and a researcher in a pub- lic organisation, dwells on the concept of guilt declaring that guilt is a sense of irreversibility. Guilt is Judas, meaning a state of affairs we imagine cannot be remedied. Finally, another position argues that the real problem is not so much guilt as sin itself which winds its way into everyday life. This is the idea of a year-old family man, a graduate in philosophy and a mem- ber of Opus Dei, sin is separation from God.

The greatest sin is estrangement from God. The example is Christ. On the same wavelength a year-old woman, separated from her husband and mother of three children, claims that illness and death can be lived with faith. I know many people who in ill- ness, even serious illness, turned quietly to the Lord, so that they experienced it serenely and in tranquillity.

The perception of illness and old age may be read in terms of faith; this is the case of a year-old graduate and a father who claims that God can turn illness into something good and beautiful. Faith can improve old age, make it something grander. This has made them, a fideis- tic-existential reference Costa, ; Cipriani , to some extent, greater than that proposed by the institutional Church.

It is no accident, therefore, that the words of the Roman Catholic interviewees — though also in those of the Protestants, Moslems, Orthodox Christians and ag- nostics interviewed- convey the strength of the impact made by the last three popes, starting from Pope Francis. A year-old interviewee, a married man with a degree, who fre- quented the I giovani verso Assisi [The young towards Assisi] move- ment, holds that Pope Francis is modernising the Church, although — despite his positive opinion — he would prefer, the fathers of the theology of liberation to him.

The same interviewee claims that, due to the scandals and Vatileaks during the Ratzinger pontificate, mostly young people were estranged from the Church. The popularity of John Paul II, even after his death, remained high, so much so that the Italian page of Facebook, dedicated to him had registered [at the time of the survey] See Garelli He adds that Pope Benedict attributed importance to truth, while Pope Francis has shifted the emphasis onto mercy yet, he considers John Paul II the Pope of his life, because the Jubilee taught him to undertake the mission of bearing witness to the love of God.

One of the older interviewees, a year-old man, married and a graduate, considers Pope Francis better than the previous Popes, be- cause, in his opinion, he pays attention to human things and is the first Pope to speak out against the death sentence and torture. Conclusions On the whole, from the interviews administered to the Roman Catholics residing in Rome there emerge a number of recurring data found in other surveys conducted at national level and with statistically representative sample groups.

Among these data we find the impor- tance of Catholicism to cultural orientation, for the construction of in- dividual identity and an understanding of the deeper meanings of life. These categories would profit by further development and successive interpretation. The three categories are: first, Roman Catholics corresponding to the church-religion model, though they possess some degree of autonomy with respect to their experience within the community. The last and third category includes those who, inclined towards doubt, though proclaiming themselves Roman Catholics like the inter- viewees belonging to the other two categories, are attracted by various forms of the sacred and multifarious religious solicitations, even those of a syncretic nature.

One might say that in this instance we are dealing with open spirituality, undecided in its sense of belonging and free from doctrine. So as not to underestimate the socio-cultural environment, especially with regard to the third model though it holds for the other two too , it is useful to refer to the concept of lifestyle Berzano, Genova, which sums up the present-day quest by individuals for a definition all their own of the situation, also within the sphere of be- lief, because single subjects need to find collocations favouring the chance to concretise their own sensitivity and experience new forms of religious belonging and identity.

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Parole chiave: cattolicesimo, Roma, cultura, socializzazione, famiglia Introduction Many sociological studies of religion have been conducted, par- ticularly in recent years, focusing on religious pluralism, modernity, the concept of lifestyles, models of action and relations characterising the ways of life of social groups and actors. This view is shared by Luigi Berzano, who has pointed out how, in this post-secular epoch, religion has not vanished but undergone a transformation Ber- zano, , a discontinuity mode within the historical, tradi- tional religions featuring a differentiation and plurality of religious practices.

In some of the lifestories narrated by the Roman Catholics living in Rome interviewed here, the religious experience, the lived religion de- scribed was the outcome of a religion-related cultural habitus: a per- sonal reality, which later assumed community, parish and, in many cases, association and church-movement proportions.

Almost all of the interviewees 27 out of 29 confirmed that family and home socialisation parents and grandparent who were believers acted as a significant source of educational preparation for adherence to the Roman Catholic belief, though they later elaborated on it within the ambit of their new family set-up or within that of their future institutional relational work and leisure-time networks volunteer activity.

The rapport with the institutions does not involve static but porous environments and is based on a logic of individual and shared experi- ences which merge to transform communities and life habitats in areas where the Roman Catholic experience is at work. Our interviews confirmed this thesis. Dealing with the sociology of religion means, therefore, having to take a broad view of the situation, beginning with socialisation within the family which, in most cases, determines the belief of Roman Catho- lics during adulthood though it also produces openness towards other religions Pace, Immigration is perceived by our interviewees as a problem or as a reason for fear of terrorism and of Isis , yet, once again, direct knowl- edge adoption of foreign children or experiences at school deflates prejudice and xenophobia.

Of particular interest is the case of a person who, with reference to Pope Francis, downloaded from the web a text which was extremely critical of the present pontiff to the extent of ac- tually calling him the Antichrist. The new media confirm their role as important and significant socialising agencies for Roman Catholic be- lievers: the appropriate education and preparation of people might help regulate news, which too often pose problems of authenticity and inter- pretation Sloman, Fernach, Pope Francis is greatly appreciated by the 29 Roman Catholics from Rome who were interviewed during our survey, especially for the simplicity of his language and the imme- diacy of his message; positive views were also expressed in relation to previous Pontiffs, especially Pope John Paul II.

One interviewee criti- cized the latter for his alleged right-wing political positions. The 1 The Focolare Movement, an international organization based on ideals of unity and uni- versal brotherhood, founded in Trent, Italy , in by Chiara Lubich as a Roman Catholic movement which remains largely such though it has strong links with other Christian and non- Christian denominations as well as with non-believers.

Below we shall examine the topics outlined above, mentioning a number of keywords which corroborate the findings of previous re- ports. In addition, prayer and attendance at mass are modes of conduct that characterise the Roman Catholics interviewed, as do, of course, be- lief in the dogmas of Roman Catholicism like the Holy Trinity. In some cases we came across a certain degree of confusion regarding concepts like incarnation and reincarnation as well as non-belief in the virginity of Mary.

Religious socialisation Socialisation is confirmed as one of the most significant means by which the social identity of people is built up Dubar, The words of one interviewee — aged 48, married, once a member of the girl guides — seem to echo this important consideration. Two significant points emerge from these words — as well as from those of other interviews — the impor- tance of socialisation and the significance to socialisation of women, mothers and grandmothers, as transmitters of religious values.

Over and over again the observations regarding their life courses re- veal how important to the 29 Roman Catholic interviewees their cul- tural habitus had been. Recognition of other religions means acceptance of the existence of dif- ferent modernities Ivi: Work continues to be a central issue for Italians, young and old alike, even more so at a time of crisis like the present. According to the interviewee in question, however, it may often prove difficult to respect the norms and the high economic costs of health and safety legislation. Add to Wishlist. USD 4. Sign in to Purchase Instantly.

Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview One of Fr. Kentenich's great wishes was that the Schoenstatt Movement, founded a hundred years ago in an unknown valley leading down to the Rhine in Germany, should be present in the heart of the universal Church in Rome. In the leading representatives of the International Schoenstatt Movement promised their founder that they would build an international center in Rome.

It took over forty years before this promise could be realized when the International Schoenstatt Center in Belmonte, Rome, was built. They offer a good opportunity to learn what the International Center of Belmonte means to Schoenstatt and the Church, and they offer a broad look of the vision Father Kentenich had of the renewed Church.

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