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What is Christian Life Community®?

It is a World Community that is…

Discerning …

A discerning stance towards life leads us to:

  • a greater awareness of God’s presence in all areas of our lives
    • family
    • work
    • church
    • neighborhood
    • friends
    • personal needs
  • a deeper appreciation of God’s life-energy in all of creation
  • an increased sensitivity to those activities, desires, and attitudes that lead us to either:
  • a deeper participation in God’s life and a sense of peace
  • a freedom to respond more fully to God’s loving desires for us.

The unifying experience among CLCers is the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, not simply as a retreat experience, but a way of life.


The primary commitment in CLC is to a common worldwide way of life lived out in a local community. This communion in a world community provides:

  • a sense of graced history — we experience the power of the Spirit working through our communal history
  • provides a forum for an on-going discernment that brings the fruits of deliberations at the local level to the world community and the fruits of discernment at the world community to the local community
  • a sense of the sacredness of unity in diversity; an awe of the Spirit reflected in all cultures and ethnic groups
  • a broader context for discernment in our local community, seeking the more universal good which transcends geographical and cultural world views
  • solidarity with those around the world living the CLC way of life

…for Mission

Mission in the context of CLC is not an activity, but a focusing of one’s energy and passion on living as Christ — focused passion. This expresses itself through:

  • a preferential option for the poor
  • a simplicity of lifestyle
  • a sense of Church that leads us to be present where God’s love is lacking
  • a desire to develop community in all areas of our lives: family, work, parish, etc.
  • a willingness to collaborate with all people of good will to reveal God’s presence
  • an openness and flexibilty towards life that enables us to respond to the needs of the world
  • creative fidelity — living Gospel values in a way that speaks to our society today.

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