Wrapping up Perfectae Caritatis, the council bishops give their usual end-of-document pep talk. Let’s listen in, then add your own peppy comments in the boxes on this or any other aspect of religious life post-Vatican II.
Religious institutes, for whom these norms of adaptation and renewal have been laid down, should respond generously to the specific vocation God gave them as well as their work in the Church today. The sacred synod highly esteems their way of life in poverty, chastity and obedience, of which Christ the Lord is Himself the exemplar. Moreover, their apostolate, most effective, whether obscure or well known, offers this synod great hope for the future. Let all religious, therefore, rooted in faith and filled with love for God and neighbor, love of the cross and the hope of future glory, spread the good news of Christ throughout the whole world so that their witness may be seen by all and our Father in heaven may be glorified (Matt. 5:16). Therefore, let them beseech the Virgin Mary, the gentle Mother of God, “whose life is a model for all,”(St. Ambrose, De Virginitate, 1, II, c. II, n. 15.) that their number may daily increase and their salutary work be more effective.