‘Being consecrated to God is gorgeous,’ says Vatican cardinal

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Vatican City, Mar 25, 2021 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Consecrated life is beautiful and accommodates a call to witness to what's lovely and true, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz wrote Thursday in a letter marking the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on consecrated life.

“If God is gorgeous and the Lord Jesus ‘is probably the most lovely among the many sons of men,’ then being consecrated to Him is gorgeous. The consecrated individual is known as to be a witness of beauty,” Braz de Aviz wrote March 25.

“How lovely is our being virgins to like with His coronary heart, our being poor to say that He is the one treasure, our obedience to His will for salvation, and even among ourselves to hunt only him,” he stated.

“It is lovely to have a heart that's free to welcome the pain of those who endure, to point out them the compassion of the Everlasting One.”

The prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life revealed the letter, wanting back at St. John Paul II’s& apostolic exhortation& Vita consecrata.

St. John Paul II issued the exhortation in 1996 on the Solemnity of the Annunciation after the Synod on Consecrated Life and its position in the Church and the World.

Braz de Aviz stated that the Vatican didn't need the 25th anniversary of the apostolic exhortation’s publication “to go unnoticed.”

He stated: “In that doc, the bishops incessantly reaffirmed that ‘consecrated life is at the very coronary heart of the Church as a decisive component for her mission ... a valuable and needed present for the current and future of the Individuals of God.’”

Consecrated life inside the Catholic Church is a state of life “set apart” which includes the career of vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience in imitation of Christ.

In Vita consecrata, John Paul II described consecrated life as an “icon of the transfigured Christ.”

“The consecrated life, deeply rooted in the instance and educating of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church by means of the Holy Spirit. By the career of the evangelical counsels, the attribute options of Jesus -- the chaste, poor and obedient one -- are made continually ‘seen’ within the midst of the world and the eyes of the trustworthy are directed in the direction of the thriller of the Kingdom of God already at work in historical past, even as it awaits its full realization in heaven,” John Paul II wrote.

“In every age there have been men and women who, obedient to the Father’s name and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special method of following Christ, with a view to dedicate themselves to him with an ‘undivided’ coronary heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:34). Just like the Apostles, they too have left the whole lot behind to be able to be with Christ and to place themselves, as he did, at the service of God and their brothers and sisters.”

“On this method, by way of the various charisms of religious and apostolic life bestowed on them by the Holy Spirit, they have helped to make the thriller and mission of the Church shine forth, and in doing so have contributed to the renewal of society.”

The text of Vita consecrata should “proceed to be some extent of reference within the coming years” and can nourish the “artistic fidelity of consecrated individuals,” Braz de Aviz stated in his letter.

“In a world which dangers sinking into disturbing brutality, the by way of pulchritudinis [way of beauty] appears to be the only solution to arrive at the fact or to make it credible and engaging,” he stated.

“Consecrated men and women must reawaken in themselves, however above all in the men and women of our time, an attraction for what is beautiful and true.”