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In Thy Courts-Vocation to Religious Life

Monday, May 5th, 2008

We have begun the work of scanning and editing In Thy Courts, a work on religious vocation by Louis Vignat, S.J. It is a sound and simple book on the subject. While at times perhaps overly simplistic, this gives it a refreshing character as a change from the complicated or confusing descriptions of religious vocation one often hears today.
Please let us know of any remaining typographical errors in the text.

Update (Oct 31): The editing is completed, and the book is now hosted at
In Thy Courts: Vocation to Religious Life – Introduction
Chapter 1: Jesus Christ and the Religious Life
Chapter 2: The Call of Jesus Christ
Chapter 3: How the Divine Call is Made Manifest
Chapter 4: The Struggle For a Vocation

New Material added on vocation

Monday, April 21st, 2008

We’ve added several items on the topic of vocation to this site: (1) Summary of the Catholic Church’s Teaching on Vocation

(2) Classic Texts of the Church Fathers and Doctors on Vocation

(3) Some texts by Thomas Aquinas on Vocation to Religious Life

(Update: these texts dealing specifically with the Catholic understanding of vocation have been moved to the website Paths of Love–the links will take you to the new site)

Aquinas on Religious Vocation

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Butler on Religious Vocation in Aquinas

Vocation in Aquinas

For many young people the idea of a religious vocation is something very mysterious. They may want to become religious, but suppose that they must find some secret “something” deep within themselves, if they are to enter a religious community. In this recently republished book, “Religious Vocation: An Unnecessary Mystery“, Fr. Richard Butler turns to that great theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas, to find the traditional view of vocation. Renowned for his clarity in general, it is the same when Thomas Aquinas speaks about religious vocation. The view of vocation according to Aquinas is quite simple: Christ himself proposed the religious life as the best way for attaining Christian perfection in love: “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” And so, if you would like to live this radical Christian life as a religious, and are willing to do what it takes, then go for it! Christ will support you by his grace!

Read quotes from the book, or go the original source, and read texts of Aquinas on religious vocation.