Sanctification, Holiness (CC. 2)
-V. Lawrence cmf
By sanctification or holiness is ordinarily meant that hallowing of us by which we are freed from wrong doing or sin to realise the will of God. However, it is not the first or common meaning in the Old Testament where it primarily means “to separate” or “set apart”, clearly demarcating the sphere of God from the human sphere. To sanctify anything means to declare it as belonging to God, to have been transferred to his sphere and presence, for example the first born (Exod 13:2).
Glory of God (CC. 2, 9, 66)
– V. Lawrence cmf
The aim of the congregation is to seek in all things the Glory of God …(CC2)
1. Biblical Reflection
The Glory of God in the OT is his visible “Life-giving and Saving Presence” to his people. Whenever God appeared to them, His glory accompanied him. It was a signified by cloud and fire, the first forms of his presence seen by the people, when God led them away from the clutches of the Egyptian might (Ex 13:21; 16:7).
FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUTION-CLARETIAN IDENTITY
Fr. Ted Cirone
Importance of a clear identity.
Good self-awareness & legitimate pride vs. triumphalism.
“The Church defends and upholds the distinctive character of the various religious institutes.” (LG 44; MR 11)
“The distinctive character of a religious institute brings with it a particular style of sanctification and apostolate that goes on to create a particular tradition, the objective elements of which can be easily individuated.” (MR 11) (more…)
(For a detailed study of the historical background of the constitutions, refer to Our Project of Missionary Life, Commentary on the Constitutions, Vol. I, PP. 27-114).
I. BACKGROUND: OUTLINE OF SOURCES OF CLARETIAN LEGISLATION
A. FOR THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION:
1. Universal Law of the Church: (Canon Law, Decrees. etc.)
2. Proper Law of the Congregation (more…)