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St. Thomas Aquinas discusses recreation in his question on the modesty of the outward movements of the body (Summa Theologica II-II q. 168). In Article 3 on "Whether there can be a virtue about games?," he writes (co.): Just as man needs bodily rest for the body's refreshment, because he cannot always be at work, since his power is finite and ...


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Spiritual pleasures ⋙ carnal pleasures. Yes, intellectual and especially spiritual pleasures are greater than carnal/sexual/bodily/sense pleasures, St. Thomas shows in Ia IIae, q.31, a.5. This explains what attracts the religious to leave the world by taking vows of poverty and chastity/celibacy. Spiritual pleasures more enduring Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'...


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Referring to St. Thomas Aquinas's De perfectione vitæ spiritualis c. 15, Fr. Royo Marín, O.P., in La vida religiosa p. 116, defines "state of perfection" in general: States of Christian perfection are those whose members are obliged in a permanent and stable manner, through certain means,* to acquire Christian perfection or to exercise it for the good of ...


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It seems you're asking about the difference between precepts and counsels. All are bound to follow the precepts (10 Commandments, Precepts of the Church, etc.), but a person not bound by religious vows does not sin by not living up to the counsels (poverty, chastity, obedience) to their fullest. See: St. Thomas Aquinas's question "Whether, in this life, ...


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Here are some resources: Vocation to the Religious State by St. Alphonsus de Liguori Vocations Explained: Matrimony, Virginity, the Religious State and the Priesthood by A Vincentian Father. Vocations by Rev. William Doyle, S.J. Religious Vocation: An Unnecessary Mystery by Fr. Richard Butler, O.P. See also Pope Pius XII's apostolic constitution Sede ...


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What did the Dominicans in St. Thomas’ day do during their recreation time? Having lived in a contemplative monastery for awhile, my most logical thought would be that like Benedictines, the Dominicans would go for short walks in small groups in order to engage in light conversations, yet remaining somewhat spiritual. Perhaps on days when there would be bad ...


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Although I cannot find specific activities, my educated guess would be that St. Thomas governed his leisure time along the lines of Josef Pieper's 1948 book Leisure: The Basis of Culture. Many reviews can be found on the goodreads website as well. A more extensive 2015 blog review is here. The epigraph of the book is from Psalm 46:11 : "Be at leisure -- ...


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“state of perfection” in Vatican II's preparatory documents Vatican II's preparatory commission drafted two documents related to religious perfection: De statibus perfectionis adquirendæ (On the states for acquiring [evangelical] perfection), 15 June 1962 De Ecclesia [On the Church] ch. 5 "De statibus evangeliciæ acquirendæ perfectionis", 1 ...


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I can't answer directly from a Catholic point of view, but the identification of a calling to the priesthood in the Anglican church probably has some similarities. I also know people who have been called to religious communities. The key thing is that the identification of such a calling is done by the community. Thus you don't show up at a theological ...


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