Development of Religious Life
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?
Development of discipline: disciples are called to good order.
Permutations and combinations: evolution happens! "Let's try this. If it works, great. If it doesn't, we'll know what doesn't work."
Jesus and apostles: peripatetic, homeless.
Acts: common life (honeymoon of the early Church).
Presbyteroi and diakonoi: servants to the local Church.
The family is a form of religious life.
Eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom; single for the Lord, like Paul.
Virgins and widows.
Couples living as brother and sister.
Orders of monks and nuns.
Never alone. Always surrounded by benefactors, partners, and clients.
Franciscans and Dominicans: mendicants.
Jesuits: contemplatives in action.
Apostolic associations: priests, laity. Oratorians, SOLT.
Personal prelature (Opus Dei)
Two vantage points: chronology and typology (canon law on religious life).
Life changes faster than law.