Saturday, December 25, 2010
[From soon to be released article]
The consecrated vocation is a participation in the distinctive divine gift of the founder’s spirituality. As such, a member of consecrated life appropriately seeks holiness by imitation of a holy founder. In the case of Miles Jesu, imitation of the founder produced personal paths of destruction. Besides, Church authorities properly deposed the founder and denounced him as a bad example. Accordingly, I suggest that Church policy not artificially prop up any institution of consecrated life that lacks a truly holy founder. Otherwise, the members are deprived of an essential element of their consecrated vocation and a principle is established that invites unholy founders to flourish.