Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fidelity to the Consecrated Life - General Minister

1. we are called to establish trust between ourselves and the people we are committed to serve. The evangelical counsel of chastity for the kingdom of heaven, which is a sign of the future world and source of a more abundant fecundity in an undivided heart, carries the obligation of perfect continence. 

2. Fraternity has an enormous power to call us together. the sickness of fraternity, on the other hand, have a power that destroys. the temptation against fraternity is that which most impedes a path in the consecrated life. the individualistic tendency is at base a way to not suffer the fraternity. at times it is difficult to live fraternity, but, if it is not lived, it is not fertile. Work, also apostolic work, can become an escape from the fraternal life. If someone does not succeed at living fraternity, he cannot live the religious life.

3. There is a need to recover tenderness, even a maternal tenderness. Think of the tenderness that St. Francis lived, for example. The tenderness helps to overcome conflicts. if then this isn't enough it can also be the case of changing communities. 

4. As lesser brothers, and persons consecrated to God, it is our responsibility and duty to protect minors, children, the most weak and to be zealous for their growth.

5. These fraternal, pastoral and disciplinary rules in no way contradict the words of St. Francis to a Minister: there is no brother i the world who has sinned, however much he ay have sinned, who, after he has looked into your eyes, would ever depart without your mercy. 

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