The question of community is one of the burning issues of the age. Religious communities have many insights to offer. At the same time they have an urgent need of their own to reflect upon the richness of their experience and to engage in a real debate about the spirituality and the theology of community. This book is a lively contribution to the process.
It begins, in the first part, by looking at the New Testament roots of community. Then, in the second part, it goes on to study the theological and spiritual development of religious life, particularly from the viewpoint of the life of communion. Next, in the third part, the book considers the theological basis of religious life. Finally, in the fourth part, there is an outline of a practical methodology for living out and renewing the life of communion.
This is a book of great scholarship, one that will inspire and enlighten in equal measures. It speaks specifically to religious, but its pages have much to offer anyone seriously interested in the spiritual life.
Fabio Ciardi OMI has written extensively on religious life and has a particular interest in exploring the theological dimensions of spirituality. He is a member of the interdisciplinary study centre of the Focolare known as the Abba School.