Christian Life Community (CLC)
Christian Life Community (CLC) is an international association of lay Christians who have adopted an Ignatian model of spiritual life. The ‘Community’ of over 25,000 members is present in over sixty countries around the world.
CLC draws its inspiration from the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola, and receives spiritual guidance from the Jesuits. The experience of making the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius is foundational to the members of CLC, not simply as a retreat but as a way of life. Members are encouraged to adhere to a lifestyle which is gospel-based and simple, to serve the poor and to integrate contemplation and action.
As Ignatian spirituality has an essential apostolic dimension, members of CLC seek to bring Gospel values into all aspects of life in today’s world.
A Discerning Community
Ignatian Spirituality is an integrated spirituality – a “process” which shows us a way to bring together our faith and daily living. Ignatian spiritual discernment is a way of prayerfulness in the midst of all of our human life experiences that leads to a greater awareness of God’s presence in our lives.
Origins and Development
The CLC has its origins in the World Federation of Marian Congregations which was founded in 1563, and adopted its current name in 1967.
The CLC’s General Principles were approved in 1971 and revised in 1990. It is designated a Pontifical Lay Institute.
The World Christian Life Community is governed by the General Assembly, which determines norms and policies, and by the Executive Council which is responsible for their ordinary implementation.