CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMUNITY
This community is dedicated to those who are and were the members of Christian Life Communities(CLC) formerly Marian Sodality.
In 1563 in Rome, a young Jesuit, John Leunis, founded the first CLC by gathering a group of young lay students at the Roman College to help them unite their lives jobs,studies, families, relationships, etc. with Christian values.
The movement, originally called the Sodality of Our Lady,grew and was confirmed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1584.Over the years the movement spread dramatically.
John Leunis found a easy way to reach Jesus through Mary. Our motto is learn,prayer,work.
The Christian Life Community is an international association of lay Christians which is present in almost sixty countries.
The CLC bases the model for its view of spirituality upon the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola, and receives pastoral guidance from the Jesuits. The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius a characteristic instrument of CLC spirituality.
The Christian Life Community is a international association of lay Christians who have adopted an Ignatian model of spiritual life. The 'Community' is present in almost sixty countries.
The CLC draws its inspiration from the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola, and receives spiritual guidance from the Jesuits. The experience of making the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius is of paramount importance to the members of the CLC. Members are encouraged to adhere to a lifestyle which is gospel-based and simple, to serve the poor and to integrate contemplation and action. As Ignatian spirituality has an essential apostolic dimension, members of the CLC do reflect also on how to bring Gospel values in all aspects of life of the world of today.
The CLC has its origins in the World Federation of Marian Congregations which was founded in 1563, and adopted its current name in 1967.
The CLC’s General Principles were approved in 1971 and revised in 1990.
The World Christian Life Community is governed by the General Assembly, which determines norms and policies, and by the Executive Council which is responsible for their ordinary implementation.
A Brief Review From Marian Congregations to World Christian Life Community
Society of Jesus is founded by Ignatius of Loyola.
A Jesuit teacher by the name of Jean Leunis gathers a group of students of the Roman College for spiritual advancement -- the Marian Congregation is born. This first group quickly becomes a model for other congregations throughout the world.
The Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Claudio Aquaviva, approves the Common Rules for those who wishes to follow Congregation life.
Pope Gregory XIII with the papal Bull Omnipotentis Dei entitles the first Congregation at the Roman College (the Primaria) to be the head of all the Congregations.
Pope Sixtus V, following the request of the Society of Jesus, issues the Bull Superna Dispositione. This Bull states the right of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus to create aggregates of the first Congregation within other localities, even among persons who were not students of Jesuit schools.
It might be interesting for us today to remember that in this early time of the Society of Jesus, Jesuits and lay people who were members of the Congregations would frequently work as a team. The seventeenth century not only saw the highpoint of Congregation life but also the beginning of its decline in spirit.
Pope Benedict XIV, with the Bull Praeclaris Romanorum, tries to renew the vigor of Congregation life. This Bull increases the advantages of membership by granting the members enlarged spiritual benefits and this perhaps has a reverse effect. At this time the Society of Jesus, a victim of political intrigues, is already struggling for its life.
Pope Clement XIV signs a document to suppress the Jesuit Order. The Congregations, by the order of the same pope, become one of the normal works of the universal Church. In the eighteenth century memberships in creases vastly, from 2500 groups to 80.000. The consequence is a diminishment in favor and practice. The spiritual life of the members and the social concern for the rejected of society is reduced to pious practices and annual and symbolic events. The Marian Congregations have become a pious mass movement, difference from what Ignatious, Jean Leunis or Aquaviva had meant it to be.
Fr. Ledochowski, Superior General of the Society, convenes a meeting of Jesuits working with the Marian Congregations or Sodalities, as they are called in some countries. The central secretariat, a service centre, is founded. It is the first secretariat for Jesuit works. Today the SJ curia has eight similar offices for other works. This is the first step towards restoration.
Pope Pius XII with his Apostolic Constitution Bis Saeculari, gives an important push towards renewal of the Marian Congregations. ABis Saeculari was exactly what was needed: a clear, authoritative statement on the authentic identity of the Marian Congregations, a pressing call for reform, orientations towards the future and some declarations on lay apostolate in general. The impact of this document was enormous (Fr. Paulussen, SJ in: A GOD WORKS LIKE THAT).
Seventy-one Jesuits from forty countries follow the call of the Superior General Fr. Jansen and meet in Rome as a first answer to Bis Saeculari.
The first world congress for lay apostolate is held in Rome. Forty delegates from sixteen countries take the opportunity to meet and discuss the idea of a world federation.
Eucharistic Congress in Barcelona: the opportunity is used to meet and discuss the A World Federation further. The central secretariat in Rome is asked to prepare some Statutes.
The World Federation of the Marian Congregations is approved by the same Pope.
1st assembly of the world federation in Rome.
2nd assembly in Newark, USA.
Opening of the Second Vatican Council.
3rd assembly of the world federation in Bombay, India.
4th assembly and a new name and a new beginning: Christian Life Communities
On the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope Paul VI confirms the General Principles of the World Federation of the Christian Life Communities.
5th assembly in Santo Domingo a crisis and a challenge (the General Principles are amended and approved in 1971 by Holy See).
6th General Assembly in Augsburg, Germany: the call to be free,the liberation of all men and women.
7th General Assembly in Manila, Philippines: the call to be poor,poor with Christ for a better service.
8th General Assembly in Rome: call towards a World Community,at the service of One World.
The General Assembly in Providence: the challenge to be one World Community on mission to bring about justice.
10th General Assembly in Loyola: seeing Mary as model of our mission, being asked to do “whatever Christ tells us”,
11th General Assembly in Guadalajara: an international community “at the service of the Kingdom, to go out and bear fruit”.
12th General Assembly in Hong Kong: CLC Community in Mission “I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already!”
13th General Assembly in Itaici, Brasil: Deepening out identity as an apostolic Community - clarifying our common mission. “CLC, a letter from Christ, written by the Spirit, sent to today’s world.”
14th General Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya: Sent by Christ, members of one body.Graced history of CLC Part I, Part II (Power Point Presentation from the CLC Philippines)