The Church can't exist without the consecrated life. Why not? Because it expresses the very nature of the Church. It makes present today the way of life that Jesus himself chose. When Jesus invites others to follow him in this way of life, he invites them into a special relationship with the Trinity. Marked by radical chastity, poverty, and obedience, the consecrated life is modeled on Jesus' own way of life. The Church can't exist without it because Jesus always calls some persons to make this gift of self.
Saint John Paul II explored these ideas and more in his ground-breaking document Consecrated Life (Vita Consecrata). The consecrated life is rooted in baptism and is a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. The Pope uses the icon of the Transfiguration to explain what consecration involves. Then he discusses how this life is a sign of communion in the Church and how it must lead to new ways of mission.
This 20th anniversary edition features the full text of the apostolic exhortation (dated March 25, 1996), and includes helpful commentary by Sr. Marianne Lorraine Trouvé, FSP. Her insights unpack the rich thought behind Saint John Paul II's words, including connections with themes from his theology of the body. Reflection questions and a prayer are included after each chapter.
Features & Benefits:
- Released in time for the Year of Consecrated Life
- Explains why the consecrated life is an essential gift to the Church
- Shows how the consecrated life is a sign of the Trinity
- Discusses how the consecrated life is related to marriage and a spousal gift of self
- Explores new forms of mission
- Highlights reasons for hope despite current problems
- Serves as a springboard into prayer
- Provides conversation starters for group use
|Publisher:||Pauline Books & Media|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Since 1976, Sr. Marianne Lorraine Trouvé, FSP, has been a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of women religious. She has an M.A. in theology from the University of Dayton. Since 1994 she has served on the editorial staff of Pauline Books & Media publishing house in Boston, Massachusetts.