The Eucharistic dimension of Evangelical counsels
The Hunger for God – 1
You are invited to recall a time you experienced hunger. How did you experience it in your body? If you can’t recall, skip a meal and see how it affects you. If you have addictions such as smoking, coffee, cookies etc., you will have the experience of the craving in your body. Be in touch with it and observe how your body lives the craving for something that satisfies it.
In this module we shall reflect on the hunger of humans and Eucharistic dimension of our life as consecrated persons.
Both the joy of living the vows as well as infidelities related to the vows are intrinsically related to the integration of our desires which are ultimately oriented to God. In a joyful and integrated religious, the longing for love, security and power take him/her to rest in the Love of God who is the true wealth and find strength in weakness and fragility. Unintegrated desires drive the person to disordered affective adventures, selfish use of resources and abuse of power. In this module, we shall reflect on the longing of body and mind as experienced in our “thirst”, both physical and spiritual.
Consecrated life is intimately related to the experience of an inner thirst. Certainly it is not possible to embrace religious life to meet just physical satisfaction. You join religious life because of a thirst which the world cannot quench. A life of closer following of Crist has to do with the “I thirst”, the final cry of the Master.
Evangelical counsels, Plugging yourself to the Holy Spirit
Before you proceed with this module that introduces evangelical counsels, you are invited to pause for a while and reflect on the following questions and write down in your journal or take to your personal prayer what it means to you to live the evangelical counsels.
- What does poverty mean for you? What do you enjoy most about it? What are the concrete ways do you live the renunciation involved in it? How is your life more challenging and different from the average people of your culture because of poverty?
- What is consecrated celibacy for you? What gives you joy about living consecrated celibacy? What are the challenges do you face in living celibate life?
- What is religious obedience for you? How do you live it concretely in your present context? What are the joys and challenges do you face in living religious obedience? (more…)
– Fr.Aquilino Bocos
It is at the invitation of Fr. General that I am undertaking an exercise in the corporate memory of the General Chapters held after the Council. I have in mind these words of Sören Kierkegaard who said that “life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards”.
I. THE COUNCIL, EVENT OF GRACE
We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council. It was opened on 11 October 1962 by John XXIII. When asked for the objective he wanted to get from the Council, he opened the window toward St. Peter’s square and said: “The Council will do this: that a little fresh air will enter in the Church”. That happy day began the “aggiornamento”, “the new spring”, “New Pentecost”, for the Church as had been indicated by the good Pope on other occasions. The Church began a parable of renewal returning to “the pure and simple lines of the origins” in freedom and charity.
The mission of Consecrated life in the Church and the world
Your vocation is God’s response to the cry of God’s people. Hence in consecrated life both Life and mission are intrinsically united. The very life of consecration with its total and radical consecration to Christ and his Church is itself the primary mission of consecrated life. We identify three important factors in relation to the mission of the Religious in the Church.
1. Witness of Christ (Passion for Christ)
Consecrated Life and the Charism of Institutes
Consecrated life finds its concrete expression in the charism of a religious institute (congregation, order, secular institute or a society of apostolic life). There cannot be any genuine living of consecrated life without taking into account the particular charism of a religious institute to which you belong. The Holy Spirit gives rise to the different Charisms in the Church so that she can present Christ to believers and non-believers alike, portraying the face of Christ in contemplation on the mountain, his proclamation of the kingdom of God to the multitudes, his healing the sick, his converting sinners, his solicitude for youth and his goodness to all men (LG 46). The same Holy spirit calls individual persons to live this charism and form a religious family in the Church.