Individualism and life in common



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Theological anthropology
5. The article gives some brief theological reflections. What seems to you to be the most important? What would you add that seems important to you?

To be done in formation

6. In community life: How do we address individualism? What attitudes do we encourage? What specific things do we do? In short, how can community life be improved so as to overcome individualism?


7. In our mission together: How do we address individualism? What attitudes do we encourage? What specific things do we do? In short, how can our mission together be improved so as to overcome individualism?
8. What specific activities could help our young brothers in formation to overcome individualism? Add any other suggestions that you think would be helpful.
Please make a synthesis of the responses and make it as brief and clear as possible. That will facilitate translation. Then send that to the Generalate. Thanks.

1 Translators note: we chose to translate the Spanish “Yo” as “Ego”, though “I” could also has been use.

2 Robert Neelly Bellah, Professor Emeritus University of California at Berkeley, specialist in sociology of religion. He wrote “Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life” (1985) in collaboration with other sociologists.



3 She has a doctorate in Canon Law, is author of “Religious in the Code of 1983.” She writes and consults widely on matters of religious life. She has been canonical consultant and a tribunal judge for the Archdiocese of Washington. These ideas are from her article, “Woman’s Religious Life beyond the Liberal Model; Quo Vadis?” in



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