Some 600 Religious priests and nuns reflected on the status and challenges of consecrated life, sharing the "identity crisis" that exists in the world today.
The Religious nuns and priests gathered to celebrate the "World Day for Consecrated Life" in Mangalore on Feb. 3.
The program was organized by the Conference of Religious India.
“The religious are called to rediscover the prophetic and mystical dimension and creative fidelity to their vocation,” said Sister Jessy Merlyn of the Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate congregation.
She said the Religious men and women should rediscover their original charism without identifying too much with institutions and organizations.
“In the service of apostolate, the religious, when engaged in the educational, health care or social field, should not offer a corporate service, but rather offer Christ, testifying his presence, especially among those on the margins of society," she added.
Religious life is not a form of self-realization through isolation, but is a call to live in communion with others, building communities of freedom, brotherhood and justice, she said.
The participants expressed their desire for renewal in "the ministry of the active life," recalling the many challenges of apostolate, including poverty, marginalization, injustice, caste discrimination, abuse of human rights and human dignity, lack of equal opportunities between men and women, difficult access to education.
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