Vatican City, Mar 25, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Consecrated life is beautiful and contains a call to witness to what is beautiful and true, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz wrote Thursday in a letter marking the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on consecrated life.
“If God is beautiful and the Lord Jesus ‘is the most beautiful among the sons of men,’ then being consecrated to Him is beautiful. The consecrated person is called to be a witness of beauty,” Cardinal Braz de Aviz wrote March 25.
“How beautiful is our being virgins to love with His heart, our being poor to say that He is the only treasure, our obedience to His will for salvation, and even among ourselves to seek only him,” he said.
“It is beautiful to have a heart that is free to welcome the pain of those who suffer, to show them the compassion of the Eternal One.”