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Probing the spirit : a theological evaluation of communal discernment

Author: Ladislas M Orsy
Publisher: Denville, N.J. : Dimension Books, 1976.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2d and rev. edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ladislas M Orsy
OCLC Number: 2475585
Description: 95 pages ; 21 cm
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FOREWORD 5 INTRODUCTION 7 A Multitude of Theoretical Problems 7 Five Questions 11 FIRST QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CUMMUNAL DISCERNMENT? 13 Discernment Requires Contemplative Insight 13 Insight into God's Ways 14 An Early Example: The Apostolic Council of Jerusalem 15 Later Developments: Councils and Religious Groups 18 The First Fathers of the Society of Jesus 19 Some Historical Questions about the First Ten Jesuits 20 - How Far Did Ignatius Inspire the Group? 21 - Why Did Ignatius Later Prescribe Other Methods? 23 - How Should the Rules for Discernment of Spirits be Applied to Communities? 24 Discernment in Our Days 25 No Mean Task 28 God's Light and Man's Weakness 30 Distinction between Substance and Procedure 32 The Discovery of a Gift--The Creation of a Decision 33 SECOND QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE LEGITIMATE EXPECTATIONS FROM COMMUNAL DISCERNMENT? 37 The Presence of the Risen Lord 37 The Grace of Healing 38 Increased Prudence and Wisdom in a Community 39 The Quality of the Fruit Depends on the Quality of the Tree 41 One Step Forward in the Service of the Lord 43 "Will of God" -- What Does it Mean? 44 THIRD QUESTION: WHAT IS IT THAT THE COMMUNITY SHOULD NOT EXPECT? 46 Respect for God's Freedom 46 God Comes at His Own Time 49 No Lasting Success Comes from a Forced Conversion 50 Intelligence Plays a Role 52 Criteria for Truth 54 The Value of Enthusiasm 57 Infallibility and Fallibility 58 The Habit of Prayer is Necessary 61 Consensus Can Be a Mixed Blessing 62 The Paradox of Peaceful Mistakes 64 FOURTH QUESTION: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DISCERNMENT AND AUTHORITY: THAT IS, WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COMMUNAL DISCERNMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMUNITY? 69 The Meaning of Authority 69 The Right Use of Authority 73 Models of Authority 74 Chapters Decide 76 The Community Offers Advice 76 Internal Inspiration--External Government 78 Day By Day Government 81 Delegation and Subsidiarity 82 FIFTH QUESTION: WHAT PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOLLOW FROM OUR THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS? 83 IN PLACE OF CONCLUSION 89 BIBLIOGRAPHY 91 THE THIRTY-FIVE THESES 92

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