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Discipleship Coursework

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Introduction

Becoming a disciple involves many things, which are close to you therefore you must be rewarded in some way. The disciples were rewarded by receiving everything they had given up or lost hundred times over. "No-one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mothers or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will tail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age homes...children and field -and with them persecutions and in the age to come eternal life" (Mark 10-29:31) To be a follower of Jesus you had to enunciate or sacrifice something. The apostles left everything, the rich young man was expected to give up his riches and the widow to put all her coins in the mass collection. The story of the widows offering is Mark chapter 12 verses 41-44 shows us the widow sacrificed her money for God. The story is....Jesus sat down near where everyone in the chapel placed their money. Many rich people threw in large amounts of money into the basket. But, one poor woman a widow came beside the money basket and put her two coins in; which were worth only a fraction of a penny. At this moment Jesus called the disciples to him and said to them "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. ...read more.

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The monks followed the example of Jesus' life of poverty, service and self- denial. The monks devoted themselves to vows of austerity, prayer and work. Believers who chose to go into the desert as hermits are answering the call of Christ. An Apostolic order also live a life of prayer and work like the contemplative orders, although they work publicly. This allows the people of the apostolic order to communicate with the public and can then therefore care for the sick, the poor, the old and handicapped. An example of an apostolic order is the third order secular of St.Francis of Assisi' order. All the religious orders are consecrated to god by three vows: chastity, obedience and poverty. These vows are called the evangelical councils. Chastity is the quality of being chaste. Chaste means to retrain from sexual intercourse outside marriage and also to lead a simple life. Obedience is being willing to obey by the rules of discipleship. Poverty is the state of voluntary giving up of personal possessions and income. Religious orders may not be the vocation for which all Christians would like to do, and so they may choose to go into the priesthood. As a priest you devote yourself to god and the people of the church. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sympathetic companions soon flocked to her aid. Dispensaries and outdoor schools were organized. Mother Teresa adopted Indian citizenship, and her Indian nuns all donned the sari as their habit. In 1950 her order received canonical sanction from Pope Pius XII, and in 1965 it became a pontifical congregation (subject only to the pope). The order opened numerous centres serving the blind, the aged, lepers, cripples, and the dying. Under Mother Teresa's guidance, the Missionaries of Charity built, near Asansol, India, a leper colony called Shanti Nagar (Town of Peace). She continued to head the order, despite years of health problems, until her retirement in March 1997.In 1963 the Indian government awarded Mother Teresa the Padmashri ("Lord of the Lotus") for her services to the people of India. In 1964, on his trip to India, Pope Paul VI gave her his ceremonial limousine, which she immediately raffled to help finance her leper colony. In 1968 she was summoned to Rome to found a home there, staffed primarily with Indian nuns. In recognition of her apostolate, Pope Paul, who awarded her the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize, honored her on Jan. 6, 1971. Her missionary activity was recognized with the award of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. Discipleship in today's society clearly shows it had continued to play in a significant role in our Christians lives. The qualities of a discipleship can live in the simplest of people. ...read more.

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