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LUMEN GENTIUM , 1964
Over the centuries, many different types of evangelical community life have evolved,
like branches on a tree planted by the Lord
"Religious life" sometimes sees new branches still sprouting,
- like Mother Teresa's sisters -
but in recent years, many branches have withered.
Maybe the whole concept of "Religious life" needs re-thinking.
It has produced many saintly people.
But for many other members of various groups,
their experience has not been a life-giving one.
"Religious life" has produced an unhealthy number of damaged personalities
ranging from nervous wrecks to bitter lemons to control freaks
- not to mention those who have left because the bar was unreasonably high and non life-giving
Jesus, please help all member of
"religious" groups to grow old gracefully