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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    Consecrated virgins and widows 922 From apostolic times Christian virgins 461 and widows 462 called by the Lord to cling only to him with greater freedom of heart body and spirit have decided with the Church s approval to live in the respective states of virginity or perpetual chastity for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven 463 923 Virgins who committed to the holy plan of following Christ more closely are consecrated to God by the diocesan bishop according to the approved liturgical rite are betrothed mystically to Christ the Son of God and are dedicated to the service of the Church 464 By this solemn rite Consecratio virginum the virgin is constituted a sacred person a transcendent sign of the Church s love for Christ and an eschatological image of this heavenly Bride of Christ and of the life to come 465 924 As with other forms of consecrated life the order of virgins establishes the woman living in the world or the nun in prayer penance service of her brethren and apostolic activity according to the state of life and spiritual gifts given to her 466 Consecrated virgins can form themselves into associations to observe their commitment

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    Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church Religious life 925 Religious life was born in the East during the first centuries of Christianity Lived within institutes canonically erected by the Church it is distinguished from other forms of consecrated life by its liturgical character public profession of the evangelical counsels fraternal life led in common and witness given to the union of Christ with the Church 468 926 Religious life derives from the mystery of the Church It is a gift she has received from her Lord a gift she offers as a stable way of life to the faithful called by God to profess the counsels Thus the Church can both show forth Christ and acknowledge herself to be the Savior s bride Religious life in its various forms is called to signify the very charity of God in the language of our time 927 All religious whether exempt or not take their place among the collaborators of the diocesan bishop in his pastoral duty 469 From the outset of the work of evangelization the missionary planting and expansion of the Church require the presence of the religious life in all its forms 470 History

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church Secular institutes 928 A secular institute is an institute of consecrated life in which the Christian faithful living in the world strive for the perfection of charity and work for the sanctification of the world especially from within 472 929 By a life perfectly and entirely consecrated to such sanctification the members of these institutes share in the Church s task of evangelization in the world and from within the world where their presence acts as leaven in the world 473 Their witness of a Christian life aims to order temporal things according to God and inform the world with the power of the gospel They commit themselves to the evangelical counsels by sacred bonds and observe among themselves the communion and fellowship appropriate to their particular secular way of life 474 Notes 472 CIC can 710 473 Pius XII Provida Mater cf PC 11 474 Cf CIC can 713 2

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    Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church Societies of apostolic life 930 Alongside the different forms of consecrated life are societies of apostolic life whose members without religious vows pursue the particular apostolic purpose of their society and lead a life as brothers or sisters in common according to a particular manner of life strive for the perfection of charity

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    missionary work in accord with the character of the institute 476 932 In the Church which is like the sacrament the sign and instrument of God s own life the consecrated life is seen as a special sign of the mystery of redemption To follow and imitate Christ more nearly and to manifest more clearly his self emptying is to be more deeply present to one s contemporaries in the heart of Christ For those who are on this narrower path encourage their brethren by their example and bear striking witness that the world cannot be transfigured and offered to God without the spirit of the beatitudes 477 933 Whether their witness is public as in the religious state or less public or even secret Christ s coming remains for all those consecrated both the origin and rising sun of their life For the People of God has here no lasting city and this state reveals more clearly to all believers the heavenly goods which are already present in this age witnessing to the new and eternal life which we have acquired through the redemptive work of Christ and preluding our future resurrection and the glory of the heavenly kingdom 478 IN BRIEF 934 Among the Christian faithful by divine institution there exist in the Church sacred ministers who are also called clerics in law and other Christian faithful who are also called laity In both groups there are those Christian faithful who professing the evangelical counsels are consecrated to God and so serve the Church s saving mission cf CIC can 207 1 2 935 To proclaim the faith and to plant his reign Christ sends his apostles and their successors He gives them a share in his own mission From him they receive the power to act in his person 936 The Lord made St Peter the visible foundation of his Church He entrusted the keys of the Church to him The bishop of the Church of Rome successor to St Peter is head of the college of bishops the Vicar of Christ and Pastor of the universal Church on earth CIC can 331 937 The Pope enjoys by divine institution supreme full immediate and universal power in the care of souls CD 2 938 The Bishops established by the Holy Spirit succeed the apostles They are the visible source and foundation of unity in their own particular Churches LG 23 939 Helped by the priests their co workers and by the deacons the bishops have the duty of authentically teaching the faith celebrating divine worship above all the Eucharist and guiding their Churches as true pastors Their responsibility also includes concern for all the Churches with and under the Pope 940 The characteristic of the lay state being a life led in the midst of the world and of secular affairs lay people are called by God to make of their apostolate through the vigor of their Christian spirit a leaven in the world AA 2 2

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    to any other because it is primarily the Eucharist that brings this communion about 483 951 Communion of charisms Within the communion of the Church the Holy Spirit distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank for the building up of the Church 484 Now to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good 485 952 They had everything in common 486 Everything the true Christian has is to be regarded as a good possessed in common with everyone else All Christians should be ready and eager to come to the help of the needy and of their neighbors in want 487 A Christian is a steward of the Lord s goods 488 953 Communion in charity In the sanctorum communio None of us lives to himself and none of us dies to himself 489 If one member suffers all suffer together if one member is honored all rejoice together Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it 490 Charity does not insist on its own way 491 In this solidarity with all men living or dead which is founded on the communion of saints the least of our acts done in charity redounds to the profit of all Every sin harms this communion II THE COMMUNION OF THE CHURCH OF HEAVEN AND EARTH 954 The three states of the Church When the Lord comes in glory and all his angels with him death will be no more and all things will be subject to him But at the present time some of his disciples are pilgrims on earth Others have died and are being purified while still others are in glory contemplating in full light God himself triune and one exactly as he is 492 All of us however in varying degrees and in different ways share in the same charity towards God and our neighbours and we all sing the one hymn of glory to our God All indeed who are of Christ and who have his Spirit form one Church and in Christ cleave together 493 955 So it is that the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted but on the contrary according to the constant faith of the Church this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods 494 956 The intercession of the saints Being more closely united to Christ those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness T hey do not cease to intercede with the Father for us as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men Christ Jesus So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped 495 Do not weep for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life 496 I want to spend my heaven in doing good

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    in the faith The faith of the faithful is the faith of the Church received from the apostles Faith is a treasure of life which is enriched by being shared 950 Communion of the sacraments The fruit of all the sacraments belongs to all the faithful All the sacraments are sacred links uniting the faithful with one another and binding them to Jesus Christ and above all Baptism the gate by which we enter into the Church The communion of saints must be understood as the communion of the sacraments The name communion can be applied to all of them for they unite us to God But this name is better suited to the Eucharist than to any other because it is primarily the Eucharist that brings this communion about 483 951 Communion of charisms Within the communion of the Church the Holy Spirit distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank for the building up of the Church 484 Now to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good 485 952 They had everything in common 486 Everything the true Christian has is to be regarded as a good possessed in common with everyone else All Christians should be ready and eager to come to the help of the needy and of their neighbors in want 487 A Christian is a steward of the Lord s goods 488 953 Communion in charity In the sanctorum communio None of us lives to himself and none of us dies to himself 489 If one member suffers all suffer together if one member is honored all rejoice together Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it 490 Charity does not insist on its own way 491 In this solidarity with all men living

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    hey do not cease to intercede with the Father for us as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men Christ Jesus So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped 495 Do not weep for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life 496 I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth 497 957 Communion with the saints It is not merely by the title of example that we cherish the memory of those in heaven we seek rather that by this devotion to the exercise of fraternal charity the union of the whole Church in the Spirit may be strengthened Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ from whom as from its fountain and head issues all grace and the life of the People of God itself 498 We worship Christ as God s Son we love the martyrs as the Lord s disciples and imitators and rightly so because of their matchless devotion towards their king and master May we also be their companions and fellow disciples 499 958 Communion with the dead In full consciousness of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ the Church in its pilgrim members from the very earliest days of the Christian religion has honored with great respect the memory of the dead and because it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins she offers her suffrages for them 500 Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them but

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