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The Profession of Faith

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912

The faithful should “distinguish carefully between the

rights and the duties which they have as belonging to the Church

and those which fall to them as members of the human society.

They will strive to unite the two harmoniously, remembering that

in every temporal affair they are to be guided by a Christian

conscience, since no human activity, even of the temporal order,

can be withdrawn from God’s dominion.”

451

913

“Thus, every person, through these gifts given to him, is at

once the witness and the living instrument of the mission of the

Church itself ‘according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal.’”

452

III.

T

he

C

onsecrated

L

ife

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“The state of life which is constituted by the profession of

the evangelical counsels, while not entering into the hierarchical

structure of the Church, belongs undeniably to her life and holi-

ness.”

453

Evangelical counsels, consecrated life

915

Christ proposes the evangelical counsels, in their great

variety, to every disciple. The perfection of charity, to which all the

faithful are called, entails for those who freely follow the call to

consecrated life the obligation of practicing chastity in celibacy for

the sake of the Kingdom, poverty and obedience. It is the

profession

of these counsels, within a permanent state of life recognized by

the Church, that characterizes the life consecrated to God.

454

916

The state of consecrated life is thus one way of experienc-

ing a “more intimate” consecration, rooted in Baptism and dedi-

cated totally to God.

455

In the consecrated life, Christ’s faithful,

moved by the Holy Spirit, propose to follow Christ more nearly, to

give themselves to God who is loved above all and, pursuing the

perfection of charity in the service of the Kingdom, to signify and

proclaim in the Church the glory of the world to come.

456

451

LG

36 § 4.

452

LG

33 § 2; cf.

Eph

4:7.

453

LG

44 § 4.

454 Cf.

LG

42-43;

PC

1.

455 Cf.

PC

5.

456 Cf. CIC, can. 573.

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