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Pope gives his recipe for perseverance in the consecrated life

File photo:  A section of the group photo of the participants taken at the Consecrated Life Year Symposium, 16 Sept 2015, Majodi Centre Plentong.

ROME – Pope Francis gave religious men and women his recipe for keeping their vocation as fresh as it was the first day they received it.

It happened during a meeting with the Vatican head in charge of religious life Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz on 30 Jan 2017. They met in Rome to talk about the faithfulness and perseverance not only of consecrated people, but also of those who have left.

The Pope acknowledged his concern for the perseverance of those who give their lives to God and detailed in an important speech the factors that help make it grow.

“There are many factors that condition faithfulness in this change of era, and not only an era of changes, in which it is difficult to make serious and definitive commitments,” he said.

The pope mentioned several factors that make it difficult to be faithful for those who choose to give their lives to God.

The first, he said,  is the social context. In particular, “the culture of the provisional” that leads many to always look for “side doors” that open to other possibilities in life, but leave existence empty of meaning.

Another problem, he continued,  is when the person judges everything “according to a self-realisation that often has nothing to do with the values of the Gospel.”

The Pope lamented how the generous wishes of young people are sometimes drowned by “the quest for success at any price, easy money and easy pleasure.”

The last challenge, he said,  are the religious men and women who are “anti-examples” and make their own faithfulness and that of others to consecrated life more difficult.

The Pope said that they are the ones who are led by routine, tiredness, the weight of structural management, internal divisions, the search for power, authority as authoritarianism, and authority that permits everything.

However, the pope also offered solutions to those who are going through natural crises. In addition to deepening one’s personal relationship with God, he proposed taking care of brotherhood within the Order.

The Pope’s recipe includes common prayer, meditation on the Bible, participation in the Mass, Confession, dialogue and sincere communication, fraternal correction, mercy with the brother or sister who sins, and shared responsibilities. – romereports

Pope: Consecrated Life should shy away from worldliness

VATICAN CITY  – Pope Francis spoke to the Plenary Session of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life here on 28 Jan 2017.

In a world ruled by a culture of the transient and money, consecrated persons should shy away from the “logic of worldliness” and instead “maintain the freshness and novelty of the centrality of Jesus,” something to offer to young people, he said.

Francis pointed out that consecrated people must maintain fidelity even when it is tested. He noted that statistics show that the Church is “haemorrhaging,” which is weakening consecrated life and the Church herself. Given the number of dropouts, there is every reason to be very concerned, and to wonder why it is happening.

First, he said, there are the factors that “affect fidelity in this era of change.”  Indeed, “We live immersed in the so-called culture of the fragment, the provisional, which can lead to living ‘a la carte’ and be slaves to trends. This culture induces the need to have ‘side doors’ always open to other possibilities; it feeds consumerism and forgets the beauty of a simple and austere life, and in many cases causes an existential void.”

This “also produces a powerful practical relativism, according to which everything is judged in terms of a self-realisation that is often extraneous to the values of the Gospel.”

“We live,” he added, “in a society where economic rules replace those of morality; laws that dictate and impose their own frames of reference at the expense of the values of life; a society where the dictatorship of money and profit proposes a vision of existence in which those who do not contribute to it are discarded.” In this situation, “it is clear that we must first be evangelised and then engage in evangelisation.”

Francis then turned his thoughts to “the world of youth, complex but at the same time rich and challenging.”   For him, “there are many wonderful young people. Yet, even among young people, many are the victims of the logic of worldliness, which can be summarised as the quest for success at any price, for easy money and for easy pleasure.”

“This logic seduces many young people as well. We must commit ourselves to stand by them so as to infect them with the joy of the Gospel and [a sense of] affiliation with Christ. This culture must be evangelised if we do not want young people to succumb.”

The Holy father noted a third negative factor that comes “from within the consecrated life itself, where alongside great holiness,”  there are “situations of counter-witness that make fidelity hard to uphold.”

These include “routine, fatigue, heavy bureaucratic structures, internal divisions, the quest for power [. . .], parvenus, [. . .] a worldly manner of running institutions, a service by authorities that sometimes becomes authoritarianism and other times is laissez-faire.”

Yet, “If the consecrated life wants to maintain its prophetic mission and appeal, continuing to be a school of faithfulness for those near and those afar (cf. Eph 2:17), it must maintain the freshness and novelty of the centrality of Jesus, its spiritual attractiveness, and the strength of mission” as well as “show the beauty of following Christ and radiate hope and joy. [. . .] When hope is missing, there is no joy, and things are ugly.”

Francis went on to stress that we must “especially take care” of “fraternal life in community.” This “must be nurtured by community prayer”, and “active participation in the sacraments,”  as well as “mercy towards brothers or sisters who sin, and shared responsibilities.”

All this must be “accompanied by an eloquent and joyful witness of simple life alongside the poor and a mission that privileges existential peripheries.” At the same time, we must defend themselves “from trends and the culture of the ephemeral” and continue “to walk firm in the faith.”

“This means that we too must keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, always careful to walk according to the logic of the Gospel and not succumb to worldly criteria. Many times, great infidelities take small detours or distractions. In this case too, it is important to make our own Saint Paul’s exhortation: “it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep’ (Rom 13:11).”

The pontiff ended his address emphasising the importance of accompaniment. It is necessary, he warned, that “the consecrated life invests in training qualified guides to this ministry.”

Such accompaniment should “not create dependency,” but to help “discernment.”  This, he noted, is not solved only by “choosing between good and evil, but between good and better, between what is good and what leads to identification with Christ.” – AsiaNews.it

Pope Francis issues ruling on consecrated life

vatican4VATICAN CITY – Diocesan bishops must consult with the Vatican before establishing a diocesan religious order, Pope Francis ruled.

The consultation “is to be understood as necessary for the validity of the erection of a diocesan institute of consecrated life,” said the rescript or ruling approved by Pope Francis April 4 and published by the Vatican May 20, Catholic News Service reported.

The English translation of the Code of Canon Law states: “Diocesan bishops, each in his own territory, can erect institutes of consecrated life by formal decree, provided that the Apostolic See has been consulted.”

However, some bishops and canon lawyers had argued the consultation was advised, not required, and that a lack of consultation did not make the order’s establishment invalid.

The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life said in a statement that the consultation is necessary because “every new institute of consecrated life, even if it comes into the light and develops within a particular church, is a gift given to the entire church.” – ucanews.com

Religious make their penultimate visit to Sugud

Those present pose for remembrance at the end of the Mass.

Those present pose for remembrance at the end of the Mass.

SUGUD, Penampang – Members of the different religious institutes made their penultimate visit to the Church of the Assumption in Sugud, Penampang on 8 Nov 2015, as part of their Consecrated Year Life programme.

As in other visits, an exhibition of the various religious charisms and ministries was set up at the rather windy lobby. After the Mass presided by Parish Priest Fr Fundes Motiung, the animation on the various religious institutes serving in the archdiocese was carried out by Sr Maria Dipal rgs. Catechist Athanasius Ebol received the token banner from Sr Christine Sundin fsp, chairperson of the Council of Religious.  Following this was a warm fellowship held at the lobby.

Assumption Church community began in 2002 with around 200 members.  Although it is a small community it has given into the service of the archdiocese two of its own: Fr Rayner Bisius and Sr Clarice Jomitin fsic. The next community to be visited will be St Augustine Kinarut on Dec 13.

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