Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 241 912 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affair they are to be guided by a Christian conscience, since no human activity, even of the temporal order, can be withdrawn from God’s dominion.” 451 913 “Thus, every person, through these gifts given to him, is at once the witness and the living instrument of the mission of the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 914 “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. 2245 2103 1973-1974 2687 933