RELIGIOUS VOCATION: An Unnecessary Mystery by Richard Butler

RELIGIOUS VOCATION: An Unnecessary Mystery

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book provides a distinct service to vocational directors, priests, religious and parents who have felt the need for a book which would help them clarify what a vocation really is for those entrusted to their guidance. Citing the plethora of cliches long associated with a vocation, Father Butler claims that those dependent on them have abandoned sound theology for a rhetoric of sentiment which has made an unnecessary mystery of religious vocations. He quickly debunks the theory, prevalent today, a young person should subject himself to deep self-analysis and prolonged deliberation over a resolve to enter religious life. Father Butler points out the necessary qualifications for a vocation to religious life- as completely distinct from sacerdotal vocation to the priesthood -- and sets for the impediments to such a life and the moral suitability necessary for it. In a valuable chapter on ""The Lost Vocation"", the author examines critically some of the most popular best selling exposes by writers who have abandoned vocations such as: I Leap Over the Wall, The Nun's Story and I Was a Monk. An excellent book which serves an important purpose, in providing illuminating answers to vexing questions faced by a person trying to ascertain the Divine Will in his life.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1961
ISBN: 0895558238
Publisher: Regnery