This text was a rough draft of a much longer text translated from French by Eileen Burke-Sullivan, STD in preparation for inclusion (after editing) in The Ignatian Tradition, Liturgical Press, 2009)
94 Meeting 11: Review of General Principles 1 –9 The group has spent time reflecting on General Principles 1-9, Preamble and Our Charism. In this meeting we review our experience with General Principles 1-9. Spend time praying with GP 1-9 and reflecting on our experience going through the General Principles. Scripture textsfor meditation: Acts 2:1-11; Luke 10:1-5; Ephesians 3:14-19 Supplemental readingsfor reflection: 11A. General Principles 1-9 Questions for reflection and sharing: Remember that these questions are “starter” questions . In your reading, thoughts and prayer you may have some other point to bring to the group – so you are not limited to these questions or any that might be presented to you. Review of GP 1-9 What has your experience with CLC been over these months as we reviewed the General Principles? What graces have your received? What has been difficult or challenging? What aspects of the General Principles attract you to CLC? Are there aspects of the General Principles that do not attract you to CLC?
95 11A. General Principles 1-9 GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMUNITY Approved by the General Assembly on September 7th, 1990 Confirmed by the Holy See on December 3rd, 1990 PREAMBLE 1. The Three Divine Persons, contemplating the whole of humanity in so many sinful divisions, decide to give themselves completely to all men and women and liberate them from all their chains. Out of love, the Word was incarnated and born from Mary, the poor Virgin of Nazareth. Inserted among the poor and sharing with them their condition, Jesus invites all of us to give ourselves continuously to God and to bring about unity within our human family. This gift of God to us, and our response, continues to this day through the influence of the Holy Spirit in all our particular circumstances. Therefore we, members of the Christian Life Community, have composed these General Principles to aid us in making our own the options of Jesus Christ and taking part through Him, with Him and in Him in this loving initiative which expresses God's promise of faithfulness forever. 2. Because our Community is a way of Christian life, these principles are to be interpreted not so much by the letter of this text but rather by the spirit of the Gospel and the interior law of love. This law, which the Spirit inscribes in our hearts, expresses itself anew in each situation of daily life. It respects the uniqueness of each personal vocation and enables us to be open and free, always at the disposal of God. It challenges us to see our serious responsibilities and to seek constantly the answers to the needs of our times and to work together with the entire People of God and all those of good will for progress and peace, justice and charity, liberty and the dignity of all people.
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