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Invitation to exercise the service of authority according to the inspiration of the Gospel

25/05/2006: Vatican

On the 22nd May, Pope Benedict XVI received the Superiors General of Institutes of Consecrated Life and of Societies of Apostolic Life.
Brothers Luis García Sobrado, Vicar General, and Peter Rodney, General Councillor, represented the Marist Brothers in the absence of Brother Seán who is visiting the Province of Cruz del Sur.

The Pope has taken up the custom of meeting the Superiors General which had been interrupted by John Paul II during the last years of his life. This meeting took place after the final plenary session of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life during which the subject of “the service of authority” was studied.

The Pope took advantage of the presence of the Superiors to remind them that it was “an occasion to deepen the reflection on the exercise of authority and of obedience which must always be inspired by the Gospel.”

“The service of authority – the Pope affirmed – demands a constant presence, capable of encouraging and of proposing, of recalling the raison d’être of the consecrated life, of helping people who are entrusted to you to respond with a forever new fidelity to the call of the Spirit.”

The Pope affirmed in his talk that “during the last few years, the consecrated life has been understood again in a more evangelical, more apostolic spirit” which had resulted in “an indubitable and generous fervour, capable of testimony and total commitment.” He concluded by exhorting those present “to belong totally to Christ”, that is to say “to burn with his incandescent love and to be transformed by the splendour of his beauty.”

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