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. . . challenges us to the faith and honesty needed to recognize the light and hope of God's Spirit in this confusing and difficult time for religious life. Her honesty avoids no tough issues and yet helps us to answer a resounding yes to the crucial question: will we preserve religious life for the next generation?
George Aschenbrenner, SJ, Jesuit Spiritual Center, Wernersville, PA
Author Judith Merkle blends scholarship and personal insight to good effect in her searching account of religious life today. This book is a welcome addition to the small but growing number of significant studies of a dimension of the Church's life which has undergone unprecedented change. The author has read widely and reflected wisely. She offers a valuable conceptual framework for those committed to developing the future of religious life. Highly recommended!
Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, RSM, President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
In exploring the Different Touch of religious life, Judith Merkle herself brings a different touch through her exploration of the vows in the light of faith, ecology, history and human development. . . . Beyond simple relevances, Merkle presents a strong case for religious life as an option in today's world. She challenges religious to live lives of committed love so that religious life may truly live on.
Miriam D. Ukertis CSJ