Consecrated Life & Societies of Apostoli

Evangelical Counsels

"By the profession of the evangelical counsels the characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, poor and obedient one — are made constantly 'visible' in the midst of the world and the eyes of the faithful are directed towards the mystery of the Kingdom of God already at work in history, even as it awaits its full realization in heaven." -Vita Consecrata, 1

"The chastity of celibates and virgins, as a manifestation of dedication to God with an undivided heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:32-34), is a reflection of the infinite love which links the three Divine Persons in the mysterious depths of the life of the Trinity, the love to which the Incarnate Word bears witness even to the point of giving his life, the love 'poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit' (Rom 5:5), which evokes a response of total love for God and the brethren."

(John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, 21)

Chastity

"Poverty proclaims that God is man's only real treasure. When poverty is lived according to the example of Christ who, 'though he was rich ... became poor' (2 Cor 8:9), it becomes an expression of that total gift of self which the three Divine Persons make to one another. This gift overflows into creation and is fully revealed in the Incarnation of the Word and in his redemptive death....By imitating Christ's poverty, they profess that he is the Son who receives everything from the Father, and gives everything back to the Father in love (cf. Jn 17:7, 10)." (John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, 21)

Poverty

"Obedience, practiced in imitation of Christ, whose food was to do the Father's will (cf. Jn 4:34), shows the liberating beauty of a dependence which is not servile but filial, marked by a deep sense of responsibility and animated by mutual trust, which is a reflection in history of the loving harmony between the three Divine Persons...By accepting, through the sacrifice of their own freedom, the mystery of Christ's filial obedience, they profess that he is infinitely beloved and loving, as the One who delights only in the will of the Father (cf. Jn 4:34), to whom he is perfectly united and on whom he depends for everything." (John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, 21)

Obedience
Inside of a Church

One Great Tree,

Many Branches

"How can we not recall with gratitude to the Spirit the many different forms of consecrated life which he has raised up throughout history and which still exist in the Church today? They can be compared to a plant with many branches which sinks its roots into the Gospel and brings forth abundant fruit in every season of the Church's life." -John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, 5.

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