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The not yet already

The Not Yet… ALREADY.

Transformation in the Religious Life

The not yet already

A Long Quote from John Paul II

  • “The fact that today’s apostolic preoccupations seem to be more and more urgent and that involvement in worldly affairs risks to become more and more captivating, it is particularly expedient to draw attention to the eschatological nature of consecrated life.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt.6:21): The unique treasure of the Kingdom prompts desire, expectation, commitment and witnessing. In the primitive Church, the expectation of the coming of the Lord was lived out in a particularly intense manner. But the Church never stopped conserving this hopeful disposition throughout the centuries: she continued to invite the faithful to lift their gaze to the salvation whose manifestation is near, “For the present form of this world is passing away.” (1Cor 7:31; cf 1 P 1:3-6)

The not yet already

A Long Quote from John Paul II

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.

The not yet already

A Long Quote from John Paul II

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.”

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