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Ezio Bolis

This contribution sheds light on the main aspects of women's religious life at the time of the Council of Trent and during its implementation. After referring to some elements of monastic institutions before the Council and showing the provisions adopted by the Council for the reform of women's religious life, we focus on the spiritual practices followed by nuns, on the sources of their formation, on the models of holiness proposed for them, on the practices and the means used to reach their ideals, on their community life, on the virtues which sum up their ascetical development, and on their relationship with the Church and with the world. A fascinating portrait ensues, which demolishes the prevailing stereotype, according to which the nun was a woman trapped between the despotism of oppressive family choices and the tepidity of empty Christian practices, dominated by formalism and superstition.

27 giugno 2014   0


Gabrielle Noel, o.s.u

Mary of the Incarnation inherited Saint Angela’s charisms without being aware of it, perhaps, but she would live according to the plan God had for her, linked to Saint Angela’s spirituality. When we compare Saint Angela’s prayer and Blessed Mary of the Incarnation’s we notice that the same spirit gave life to these two women. Then we can find great humility, a deference and admiration for the “great God” which expresses itself in deep worship and a strong desire to work for the coming of God’s kingdom.
Saint Angela introduced a new form of religious life into the world (the Ursuline Order) and Mary of the Incarnation, an Ursuline, became the first female religious missionary in America, a hundred years later. Some wonderful mystic graces follow in the way of these two “Brides” of God. Their sure confidence in God and their devotion to the kingdom of God follow similar paths.
Mary of the Incarnation’s work began in Québec and developed in many regions in Canada and in Japan, in the Philippines and in Peru. As for their charisms, Saint Angela’s sacred virginity and her desire for the development of God’s kingdom, operate all over the world. This development is an answer to Mary of the Incarnation’s apostolic prayer, which expresses itself in this way: “I travel round the world in spirit to look for the souls redeemed by the very Precious Blood of my divine Bridegroom”.
This meeting arranged in Brescia, which celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of Saint Angela’s canonization, is the evidence of that.

31 maggio 2014   0