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TITLE Responding and Witnessing to God's Love: Liturgical Spirituality and the Consecrated Life

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION In the first part of the study-unit the book of Jean Corbon, The Wellspring of Worship will be used as a text book. The material will be divided into three parts: at the outset, we will reflect on the mystery of our salvation as manifested in Jesus Christ in the fullness of time and which continues to make itself present to us in the "last times"; then, in the second part, our reflection will concentrate on how this mystery is celebrated in the "moments" of the liturgical celebrations; finally, we are invited to consider how all this needs to be integrated in our lives, by letting the Holy Spirit transform us, particularly in prayer.

In the second part of the study-unit, while taking as a starting point the contemporary state of Consecrated Life, with its difficulties, perplexities and positive changes brought about by a genuine attempt at renewal, the study-unit attempts to understand and evaluate the wisdom of lived experience as handed to us by Our Holy Fathers. While being appreciative of Tradition, we shall also try to explore new paths offered to us both by contemporary projects, perspectives and magisterial teachings that rethink and reinterpret this particular Christian way of life for today. This second part will be divided into three main sections: i) Foundations, ii) Prophetic Lifestyle, and iii) New Perspectives. Participants are reminded to take into consideration that this is only an introduction to Consecrated Life.

For those interested, after the completion of this second part, we can take the opportunity to visit a particular religious community. The logistics are to be discussed in due course.

Study-unit Aims:

- To cultivate a radical reorientation to Jesus Christ in the context of the Trinity’s life and mission lived out in the Church.
- To know and experience the wellspring of Trinitarian life interpenetrating liturgical celebrations, personal prayer, and daily life and ministry.
- To present the historical development of Consecrated Life in the Church.
- To provide participants with an understanding of this particular form of Christian Life in relation to other forms.
- To present the challenges (sometimes perceived as crisis) Consecrated Life is still facing after the wake of Vatican due to a change in the anthropological and theological paradigms.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- develop the affective integration of theological study and personal faith development manifested preferably in using one's journal.
- understand and appreciate the marvel of Trinitarian communion as gift to be received.
- have a grasp of the biblical and theological foundations of Consecrated Life.
- understand the raison d'etre of such a form of life in the Church.
- appreciate and study the Great Rules of Consecrated Life.
- understand the Canonical status of different forms of Consecrated Life in the Church.
- understand and experience better the way in which the external expression of liturgical form draws one into an interior tasting of the presence of God.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- read the theological text in a lectio divina way.
- integrate the dynamics of prayer and spiritual discernment with God's activity in liturgical celebrations and daily life.
- distinguish between one form of Consecrated life from another.
- identify charisms and the way these are lived in the Church through the forms of Consecrated Life.
- put in the proper perspective the role of consecrated people in the life of the Church.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

First part of Study-unit:

- CORBON Jean, The Wellspring of Worship, Ignatius 2005 (second edition). (University Library and Foundation for Theological Studies Library)

Supplementary Readings:

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994. (BQT3161 .E5 1994)
- RATZINGER Joseph, The Spirit of the Liturgy, Ignatius, 2000. (BQT4141 .R37)

Other reading material will be provided by the lecturer during the study-unit.

Second part of Study-unit:

- CHITTISTER Joan, The Fire in these Ashes. Spirituality of Contemporary Religious Life, Sheed and Ward, London 1995.
- SCHNEIDERS Sandra M., Finding the Treasure. Locating Catholic Religious Life in a New Ecclesial and Cultural Context (Religious Life in a New Millennium 1), New York/MH 2000.
- SCHNEIDERS Sandra M., Selling All. Commitment, Consecrated Celibacy and Community in Catholic Religious Life (Religious Life in a New Millennium 1), New York/MH 2001.

A comprehensive bibliography will be distributed to the participants at the beginning of the second part of the study-unit. All books are available at the Carmelite Institute Malta Library.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Reflective Diary Yes 25%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 25%

LECTURER/S Glen Attard
Charlo Camilleri

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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