The Not Yet… ALREADY. Transformation in the Religious Life. A Long Quote from John Paul II.
Transformation in the Religious Life
From this perspective, one can better understand the role of the eschatological sign appropriate to consecrated life. In fact, doctrine consistently presents it as an anticipation of the Kingdom to come. The Council of Vatican II reclaims this teaching when it affirms that consecration “announces the future resurrection and the glory of the heavenly Kingdom.” The choice of virginity pre-eminently achieves this, as always understood by the Tradition as an anticipation of the definitive world which from the beginning, acts in humanity and transforms it in its whole being Persons who have consecrated their life to Christ can only live in the desire to meet Him, so as to be with Him forever.
Thence the ardent expectation, thence the desire to “immerse oneself in the Fire of love which burns in them, and which is none other than the Holy Spirit”, expectation and desire sustained by the gifts which the Lord freely grants to those who strive for the things that are above. (cf Col 3:1)
With the gaze turned toward the realities of the Lord, the consecrated person recalls that “here we have no lasting city,” (Heb 13:14), because “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil 3:20). The only thing necessary is to strive first for the kingdom of Godand his righteousness, (Mt 6:33) imploring without ceasing for the coming of the Lord.”