Sr. Sara Marie shares some words from Fr. Benedict Groeschel on “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