Of or pertaining to religion; concerned with religion; teaching, or setting forth, religion; set apart to religion; as, a religious society; a religious sect; a religious place; religious subjects, books, teachers, houses, wars.
Possessing, or conforming to, religion; pious; godly; as, a religious man, life, behavior, etc.
Belonging to a religious order; bound by vows.
A person bound by monastic vows, or sequestered from secular concern, and devoted to a life of piety and religion; a monk or friar; a nun.
When used as a noun, it is a general term to encompass any person bound to monastic life by vows; it could be used to describe a monk, a canon, a friar or a nun. (Lynch, Joseph H. The Medieval Church: A Brief History, 365) Related terms: Regular Clergy
Of, pertaining to, or teaching a particular integrated system of belief. Compare: spiritual.
In the ordinary sense, this word refers to the quality by which a person is pious or prayerful, believing in God and acting according to God's moral laws. In the special sense, religious refers to that baptized Catholic who freely consecrates himself to serve God more fully through the profession* of the evangelical counsels* within a religious institute* or community.
since all the baptized share a common relationship with God, all are called to be "religious" or holy in the broad sense of the word. Some men and women, however, choose to live a particular life-style called religious life. These people join a community of people that follows a specific tradition or spiritually patterned after the life and teaching of the founder of that community. (Such communities include the Resurrectionists, the Jesuits, the Franciscans, Sisters of St. Joseph, School Sisters of Notre Dame, and many others.) Many religious profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. There are religious priests, sisters and brothers.
The general term for a person living the Religious Life, whether monk, nun, friar, brother, sister etc.
(re•lig•ious) adj. – relating to the belief in, or worship of, a god or gods.
Applied to studies that draw on theology, mythology, belief systems and associated practices. Used in all BL-BX, as well for other appropriate books.
a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "a nenber if a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs"
having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity; "a religious man"; "religious attitude"
a man or a woman who has given their life to God in the service of others
a special envoy from God to the world and irrespective of the mission entrusted to them, their union with God is their greatest work
In a technical sense, pertaining to the consecrated life or one so consecrated. Religious communities included orders of monks, friars, canons, clerks, nuns, and sisters. (The word comes from the Latin, " religere," meaning "to be bound"; and it may be related to the Lating " regula," meaning "rule," and referring to the rules by which the religious are bound.)
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word to describe that form of consecrated life recognized by the Church where priests, Sisters, and Brothers take public vows and live in community. (Note: diocesan priests directly under a bishop do not belong to this category.)
A technical term in the monastic world, meaning part of the monastic world.
a member of a form of consecrated life recognized by the Church in which priests,* Sisters, and Brothers* take public vows* and live in community.* [Note: Diocesan* priests* directly under a Bishop are not in this category.
Religious may refer to a disposition or way of life that is open and responsive to God. It may also refer to a sister, brother or priest who is a vowed member of a religious community.
In the lexicon of certain branches of Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox branches, religious as a noun usually refers to a member of a religious order of monks, nuns, friars, clerics regular, or other individuals who take the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience (the evangelical councils). Neither of those groups should be identified as clergy, which in Catholicism includes bishops, priests and deacons.