Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Essential Elements on Religious Life

"Religious communities are a living sign of the primacy of the love of God who works wonders, and of the love for God and for one's brothers and sisters as manifested and practiced through Jesus Christ."

"Prayer needs to be seen also as time for being with the Lord so that He might act in us and, notwithstanding distractions and weariness, might enter our lives, console them and guide them."
"For religious, communion in Christ is expressed in a stable and visible way through community life. " "Religious life cannot be sustained without a deep life of prayer, individual, communal, and liturgical.""The religious who embraces concretely a life of total consecration is called to know the risen Lord by a warm, personal knowledge, and to know him as one with whom he or she is personally in communion: "This is eternal life: to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent" (Jn 17:3)."