Aparecida 224: High Expectations

With the Aparecida bishops, we conclude this discussion on religious life and the role those in it play in the Church’s mission in Latin America and the Caribbean–if not the world:

224. Latin American and Caribbean peoples expect a great deal of consecrated life, especially from the testimony and contribution of contemplative religious women and those in apostolic life, who together with other brother religious, members of secular institutes, and societies of apostolic life, display the Church’s motherly face. Their yearning to listen, welcome, and serve, and their witness to the alternative values of the Kingdom show that a new Latin American and Caribbean society, founded on Christ, is possible.(Cf. Pope Benedict, Introductory Address 5)

It’s good to keep in mind the unique contributions of particular orders, be they in monastic or apostolic style of expressing their charisms.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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