- C o n s e c r a t e d B r o t h e r s & P r i e s t s -
“The friend awaits the bridegroom and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice.
That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must increase and I must decrease.”
The Evangelical Counsels
“The consecrated members of the Community commit themselves to a special intimacy with Christ in prayer, to custody of the heart from every affection contrary to the love of God, to a faithful vigilance over the senses and the eyes, so that nothing may interfere with this communion of love with the Spouse, and to a greater availability of the heart to others in order to love each person with Christ’s own love (cf. can. 599).” (Statutes, no. 12, p. 4)
“By the renunciations implied by the vows, they take up their cross to follow Christ and strive for a greater fullness of God’s love and charity towards one’s neighbor. “ -Book of Life, no. 15
By wearing a habit, the consecrated religious becomes a sign of the Kingdom and visibly proclaims the vocation of every Christian—to let oneself be espoused by God according to the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “Your Creator shall marry you.”
“God our Father, Giver of all good, faithful to your promises, You who have promised to those who seek you to cover them with the mantle of your holiness and joy, deign and bless this habit (the habit is blessed), sign of the humility of heart and contempt for the world. Allow your servant to be clothed with the blessed chastity until the blessed day when you will clothe her/him with the eternal Beatitude. Amen.” (From the blessing of the habit, rite of temporary vows)
Specific Vocation – Beatitudes
Apostolic action always overflows from an intimate union with God, and the mission in turn fortifies and encourages this relationship. Step by step, the brother is configured to Christ, and this becomes the source of fruitfulness in all apostolic life. (DP48)
In order to have all their lives driven by the apostolic spirit and so that all their apostolic activity is permeated by a spirit of contemplation, the consecrated will take Christ the Lord as their role model.
The brother priests and deacons of the Community will share the vocation of living out all the dimensions of the Beatitudes’ spirituality. Together with the rest of the brothers and sisters who pronounce the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, they will share the call to leave everything in order to be signs of the Kingdom to come.