MONASTIC LIFE: CARD. RODÈ (HOLY SEE), "DIFFICULTIES AND SIGNS OF RENEWAL"

"Many are the Christians and the priests and nuns who go to the monasteries to renew their faith, to practise the spiritual art, to find pace and refresh their strength, with a view to their mission in the Church and among the men. The monks’ responsibility, therefore, is great, and all the Church expects they will give a clear and strong testimony of the presence of God and His closeness, which is love for every human being": this was said in Rome today, in opening the plenary meeting of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic life, on "One hundred years at the service of consecrated life", by the prefect card. Franc Rodè. Even recognising that "nowadays monastic life is going through a very difficult time", especially in terms of numbers, given the decreasing number of callings, the prefect mentioned that, "however, at he same time you see ancient communities renewing themselves, some appearing in the life of the Church with new accents in their forma vitae, others being founded in the lands of mission, amidst the people. All signs of the action of the Holy Spirit, which keeps making the hearts of Christians perceive a calling for that evangelical radicalism that is thus expressed by the Regula Benedicti: «prefer nothing to the love of Christ»". (continued)

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