Pope’s quotes: Preserving charism

A quote from Pope Francis:

“The strengthening and renewal of consecrated life are the result of great love for the rule, and also the ability to look to and heed the elders of one’s congregation. In this way, the ‘deposit,’ the charism of each religious family, is preserved by obedience and by wisdom, working together. By means of this journey, we are preserved from living our consecration ‘lightly,’ in an disembodied manner, as if it were some sort of gnosis which would ultimately reduce religious life to caricature, a caricature in which there is following without renunciation, prayer without encounter, fraternal life without communion, obedience without trust, and charity without transcendence.”

— Mass with Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, Feb. 3, 2015

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