Leadership in Religious Life

Part 2

  • Hein Blommestijn Titus Brandsma Institute of Spirituality, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Keywords: Leadership, Religious Life, Good religious leadership, Transformed in God


Good religious leadership in its essence is contemplative because it becomes skilled at “seeing” how God “works” in people. Superiors should not merely give guidance to the observable and “organizable” exterior structures of the religious community but should acquire the ability to see things that are invisible and undoable because they lie totally outside of our reach and do not fit within the boundaries of our human logic. Good religious leadership liberates persons and gives them access to their own deepest levels, that is, the divine realms. Religious leadership should not confine itself to issues of organization and management, but should bear responsibility for the subtle and invisible processes through which the religious entrusted to their care are transformed in God.


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