Consecrated life in the Catholic Church is a vital and healing presence in Indian society. Religious men and women make an integral contribution to the society through their institutions in the fields of education, spirituality, medical care, social services,
and other charitable activities. In the present context of India, however, consecrated men and women can experience challenges of relevance and identity in their vocations. These concerns have their basis in the fundamental need for a renewal of religious
life itself in India, one which is imbued with a Christ-centered spirituality and reflects the prophetic charism that marks apostolic religious life.
Indian religious life upholds three values: contemplation, prophecy, and community. Given
these values, the author find a deep affinity between the ideals of Indian consecrated life and Thomas Merton's contemplative-prophetic spirituality. This study proposes therefore, that the spirituality of Thomas Merton can serve as a vital resource
for the relevance of the consecrated life in India. This scholarly work deals with the spirituality of consecrated life in India inspired by Thomas Merton.
1. Defining Key Concepts
2. The Pilgrim Journey of Thomas Merton the Contemplative-Prophet
3. The Contemplative Spirituality of Thomas Merton
4. The Prophetic Spirituality of Thomas
5. The Relevance of Thomas Metton's Spirituality
Sr. Fabian Jose, UMI was born in Alakode, Kannur District, Kerala, India. She belongs to the Ursulines of Mary Immaculate (UMI) congregation, founded by Blessed Brigida Morello in Italy, 1649.
She has rich experience of contributing to the formation of the sisters. She has completed her MTh in Spirituality from Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV) Pune, and has the Doctorate in Prophetic Mysticism in Consecrated Life, at the Jesuit School of Theology
of Santa Clara University, California, USA.