What is Consecrated Life?

Sr. Sara Marie shares some words from Fr. Benedict Groeschel on “What is Consecrated Life?”

what is consecrated life?

  • Consecrated life or religious life is the total and radical dedication of one’s life to God and his kingdom.
  • Consecrated persons are lay persons or clerics who assume the evangelical counsels by means of a sacred bond, and become members of an institute of consecrated life according to the law of the church (canon 573.2)
  • This total dedication to God has as its goal the pursuit for perfection in charity by faithfully embracing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
  • In this sense, religious life is a free response to the invitation of the Holy Spirit to follow Christ the poor, the celibate, the obedient son, more closely , thus becoming in this life a sign of the life to come.
  • Consecrated life emanates from our baptismal call to be “witness” and servants of Christ and his kingdom.
  • Religious or consecrated life can be lived out in community or individually but always as an expression of the Church’s life, mission, service, and charisma.

(Taken from http://www.slideshare.net/pcuadra/the-consecrated-life

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