Pope Francis and the Union of Superiors General of religious men

Pope Francis tells Religious Orders to « Wake up the World »

2014-01-03 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has told those in Religious Life to “wake up the world”, according to an article appearing in La Civiltà Cattolica, the Rome-based Jesuit weekly.
Editor Antonio Spadaro, SJ, has written an article recounting the private meeting last November between Pope Francis and the Union of Superiors General of religious men at the end of their 82nd General Assembly.
The 15-page article (available in English at the La Civiltà Cattolica website) documents Lire la suite


Official texts of the Church on obedience

Perfectae Caritatis, Vatican II Council for the renewal of religious life, Pope Paul VI, 1968

14. In professing obedience, religious offer the full surrender of their own will as a sacrifice of themselves to God and so are united permanently and securely to God’s salvific will. After the example of Jesus Christ who came to do the will of the Father (cf. John 4:34; 5:30; Heb. 10:7; Ps. 39:9) and « assuming the nature of a slave » (Phil. 2:7) learned obedience in the school of Lire la suite

Meditation 7 for August 18, 2013 – The Living One

What does it mean for us to say “Jesus is alive”? The book of Revelation states that Jesus is “the Living One[1]” The Living One is the one who loves. We only live when we love. And the Living One, in an ultimate way, is someone who loves with divine love. The heart of Jesus is thus the heart of the Living One. And when we say: “He is alive!”, when we affirm that in our faith, we affirm Jesus as being the Resurrection. Jesus is the Resurrection for us. Through this mysteryJesus gives us a share of his glory. Each of us will have a glory Lire la suite

Meditation 6 for August 11, 2013 – Lazarus

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me,

though he die, yet shall live.”


Behold faith in the face of death. Death is a moment, a trial. For a believer, however, death is not the end but a passage, a very difficult passage for our sensitivity which is in time. Death is hard, a terrible trial which believers know to be consequence of original sin. But Christ bore the consequences of sin at the Cross and in the mystery of the Resurrection. Jesus rose from the dead for Lazarus, like he rose for us, for each one of us. A believer who sees a loved one die, or sees him dead, should see him in the light of the Resurrection of Christ. Then he will no longer say, like Martha: “I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.” No. For a believer, Lire la suite