Consecrated life: Words of wisdom
PREACH THE GOSPEL at all times. When necessary, use words.
—Saint Francis of Assisi (1122-1226)
SIN EVERY AGE consecrated men and women must continue to be images of Christ the Lord, fostering through prayer a profound communion of mind with him.
SOME OF THE BEST love poems have been written by monks and nuns.
INVITED TO LEAVE EVERYTHING to follow Christ, you, consecrated men and women, no longer define your life by family, by profession, or by earthly interests, and you choose the Lord as your only identifying mark. Thus you acquire a new family identity.
RELIGIOUS ORDERS are not formed for the purpose of gathering together perfect people but those who have the courage to aim at perfection.
CHERISH God's vocation in you. Let it be constant, efficacious, and loving.
ALREADY DEDICATED to him through Baptism, the person who surrenders themself to the God they love above all else thereby consecrates themselves more intimately to God’s service and to the good of the church.
WE ARE NOT CALLED UPON to do all the good that is possible, but only that which we can do.
AT LAST I HAVE found my vocation: My vocation is love.
DISCOVERING VOCATION does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice ‘out there’ calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice ‘in here’ calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.
RELIGIOUS LIFE ought to promote growth in the church by way of attraction. The church must be attractive. Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living! . . . It is this witness that I expect of you. Religious should be men and women who are able to wake the world up.
ACONSECRATED chalices can be used only for the Eucharist. You cannot take the chalice to the dinner table. In a similar way, you cannot take the monk away from the praise of God. No matter what else a monk does, everything is directed toward his singular purpose. . . . A monk who does not praise God needs a tune-up.
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