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of the religious life in all its forms.

470

“History witnesses to the

outstanding service rendered by religious families in the propaga­

tion of the faith and in the formation of new Churches: from the

ancient monastic institutions to the medieval orders, all the way to

the more recent congregations.”

471

Secular institutes

928

“A secular institute is an institute of consecrated life in which

theChristianfaithful living intheworldstrive for theperfectionof charity

andwork for the sanctification of theworld especially fromwithin.”

472

929

By a “life perfectly and entirely consecrated to [such] sanc-

tification,” 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 wit-

ness 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

Societies of apostolic life

930

Alongside the different forms of consecrated life are “so-

cieties 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 through the

observance of the constitutions. Among these there are societies in

which the members embrace the evangelical counsels” according

to their constitutions.

475

Consecration and mission: proclaiming the King who is coming

931

Already dedicated to him through Baptism, the person

who surrenders himself to the God he loves above all else thereby

consecrates himself more intimately to God’s service and to the

good of the Church. By this state of life consecrated to God, the

Church manifests Christ and shows us how the Holy Spirit acts so

470 Cf.

AG

18; 40.

471 John Paul II,

RMiss

69.

472 CIC, can. 710.

473 Pius XII,

Provida Mater;

cf.

PC

11.

474 Cf. CIC, can. 713 § 2.

475 Cf. CIC, can. 731 §§ 1 and 2.

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