The nucleus of general abilities (cf. Chapter VI, 2.4) may be unfolded into some specific abilities in relation to the dimensions of Claretian Life.
1. Vow of chastity
– Capacity to be seduced by the love of God in order to offer himself totally to Him and his Kingdom.
– Capacity to give himself totally to God, to the Church, to the brethren of the Congregation and to all people.
– Positive acceptance of one’s sexuality.
– Normal relations with the opposite sex without fears, escapes, and mental blocks.
– Positive control of one’s sexuality integrating it into the overall personality.
– Capacity to overcome emotional deficiencies and manifest his own love in a balanced way.
– Ability to live with joy and serenity a certain solitude.
2. Vow of poverty
– To live with great freedom and detachment from temporal goods.
– Austerity and proper use of them (money, goods…).
– Generosity in giving to others what one has and uses without second meaning.
– To lead an assiduous and constant life of dedication and work.
– Solidarity with others, and ability to share what he is and possesses.
– To have a distinct social awareness with a preferential option for the poor.
3. Vow of obedience
– Firm conviction that one is always and everywhere ready to do God’s will.
– Capacity to understand and assume the Will of God through human mediations (Church, Congregation, superiors, community, brethren).
– To keep a right balance between his personal autonomy and dependence on authority.
– Active and efficacious availability to go anywhere in the world to carry out the mission entrusted.
4. Life in community
– Overcoming self-love to live more and more open to others as a person.
– To live our own affectivity in an integrating way: overcoming the moments of solitude, knowing how to show our own affection and emotions without deficiencies and affective dependencies, and having an optimistic vision of life with a sense of humor.
– Ability to live and integrate himself with others in any community.
– Ability to communicate with others in a positive way, without prejudices and stereotypes.
– Unconditional acceptance of the other with empathy.
– Constant attitude of welcome, kindness, understanding, and of free and disinterested service.
– To know how to give up personal likes in order to assume the needs of the community and the Congregation.
– Aptitude to integrate himself and to work with others as a team.