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The care vision in the normative texts

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Two sources provide an understanding of the care vision of sisters, the Special Instructions for the Upbringing of the Children and their Rule and Constitutions. In the search for a care vision it must be acknowledged that the congregation took care of the sisters. The sisters, in their turn, cared for the salvation of their own soul and took care of people in distress. This chapter explains that two main religious motives structured the charitable dedication of Poor Sisters. The first was typical for this congregation, while the latter characterised all the Catholic charitable congregations. The first motive was metaphorical infancy, or being like a child. The instructions of the spiritual leaders, the religious vows, and the gospel summoned the Poor Sisters to become childlike themselves, i.e. modest, dependent and obedient. The second motive was common in all charitable congregations and rooted in monastic asceticism, namely self-sanctification that required mortification.

Keywords: care vision; Catholic; charitable dedication; congregation; Poor Sisters; religious motives; Rule and Constitutions; self-sanctification; Special Instructions for the Upbringing of the Children



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