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Rejoice! a 2013 CTS Document on the Year for Consecrated Life, page 38 writes of “Integral Humanity”. This has inspired us. “Integral humanity” refers to the whole human person in her or his many dimensions and identities. It refers also to the whole human race with our many cultures, creeds and races.

The restlessness of love” Pope Francis on 29 August 2013
Pope Francis spoke about the “restlessness” that Saint Augustine lived.
“What fundamental restlessness did Augustine live in his life? Or perhaps I should say, what kind of restlessness invites us to arouse and keep alive in our lives this great man and saint?” The restless heart of Augustine has something to teach us, the Pope said, inviting us to reflect on “the restlessness of the spiritual quest, the restlessness of the encounter with God, the restlessness of love.”
The Pope said, “I would say to those who feel indifferent to God, towards the faith, to those who are far from God, or are abandoned, and even to us, with our ‘distances’ and our ‘abandonment’ towards God, little, perhaps, but there are so many in daily life: look into the depths of your hard, look deep within yourself, and ask yourself: Do you have a heart that desires something great, or a heart that is put to sleep by material things?”
The restlessness of Augustine lead him to an encounter with Christ, the Pope continued, but it did not induce him to turn in on himself. “even in the discovery of God and in the encounter with Him, Augustine doesn’t stop, doesn’t rest, doesn’t become closed in on himself like those who have already arrived, but continues along the way. The restlessness of the quest for the truth, of the quest for God, becomes the restlessness of always coming to know Him better, and of going out of oneself in order to make Him known to others. And this is the restlessness of love.”
And, the Holy Father insisted, this restlessness becomes pastoral: “Augustine is left with the restlessness from God, he never tires of announcing it, of evangelising with courage, without fear, seeking to be the image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, who knows his sheep (cf. Jn 10,14), indeed, as I love to repeat, who ‘smells like His flock’, and goes out to seek those who are lost. Augustine lives what Saint Paul tells Timothy, and each one of us: announce the word, be urgent in season and out of season, announce the Gospel with the magnanimous, large heart (cf. 2 Tim 4,2) of a Pastor that is restless for his flock. The treasure of Augustine is precisely this attitude: Always go out towards God, go out towards the flock . . . He is a man in tension between these two ‘goings’; not to ‘privatize’ love . . . always on the journey! You should always be on the journey, says the Father. Always restless! And this is the peace of restlessness.”
But restlessness, he concludes, is also love, “always seeking . . . the good of others, of loved ones, with that intensity that also leads to tears.” The restlessness of love, he said, “always encourages us to reach out to the other”, without waiting for the other to express his needs”.

Rejoice – Letter for the Year of Consecrated Life


Integral Humanity

Letter to Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life from the Magisterium of Pope Francis
Format: A5 Booklet
Dimensions: 14.8cm by 21cm
ISBN : 9781784690014

Pope Francis has exhorted all Christians to announce the Gospel with joy, and has asked all Consecrated people to ensure that wherever they are present, joy is present also.

This letter from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, based on the magisterium of Pope Francis, is an ideal preparatory text for the Year of Consecrated Life 2014-2015.

Themes include evangelisation and a faithful joyful and fertile love for those most in need the text also contains questions for all consecrated people to ponder for the forthcoming year prompted by the teaching of Pope Francis.

Publication Date: 11 Jun 2014

Product Code: DO893

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