A Different Touch speaks of the challenges of religious life today where the essentials of Christian living and union with God are still sought via a "different touch."
Reflecting on the history of religious life since the nineteenth century, Sr. Judith Merkle, S.N.D. de N., asks such questions as: What makes up this different touch? How do the vows shape the ongoing adult development of a religious? What relevance and witness do the vows have in our world today? She then examines core theological understandings which underlie the vows and studies in uses recent ecology, J evolutionary thought, and psychology to address questions in religious life in the broader paradigm of Church and culture. She suggests directions for the future, yet also encourages religious to articulate their current way of life in society and the Church.
. . . challenges us to the faith and honesty needed to recognize the light and hope of God's Spirit in this confusing and difficult time for religious life. Her honesty avoids no tough issues and yet helps us to answer a resounding yes to the crucial question: will we preserve religious life for the next generation?George Aschenbrenner, SJ, Jesuit Spiritual Center, Wernersville, PA