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Life in Community

Peter McDonough and Eugene C. Bianchi

in Passionate Uncertainty

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230552
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930773 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230552.003.0008
Life in Community

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Assessments of Jesuit community life vary enormously, and so do the expectations brought to it. Bonding is powerful among men undergoing the rigors of training, and it slackens as men move on to communities that are sometimes little more than holding areas for busy professionals engaged in disparate activities in scattered venues. The community of memory—of youthful solidarity, irretrievable energy, and promising vistas—exerts a powerful appeal as men get older. Religious life establishes a context for the development of powerful bonds. Community as an exercise in civility is the backup option in Jesuit life. What it lacks in vibrancy it makes up for in pragmatic acceptance and polite evasion of emotional entanglements, allowing men to get on with their work. Community can be both a support and a burden.

Keywords: community life; bonding; religious life; Jesuit life; emotional entanglements

Chapter.  10189 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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