All for the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary!

The treasure of religious life
June 14, 2010
Sr. Silvia Maria Tarafa, SCTJM
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The soul consecrated to Christ is called to a nuptial union with the Divine Spouse. This call to profound intimacy is the crowning treasure of religious life.

What does this union look like? Reflecting on the profound communion between the Father and the Son gives us a glimpse of the kind of union possible. By imitating Christ’s total surrender to our heavenly Father, we can learn to give our total surrender to our Lord and be inspired by this eloquent model to reach a profound intimacy with our Divine Spouse.

Throughout His life on earth we see Jesus’ deep communion of heart with His Father as He completely surrenders His will and His life to the will of the Father. Though there are two persons - the Father and the Son - there is only One God, in total union. Jesus proclaims: “I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (Jn. 14:10) and “He who has seen me, has seen the Father” (Jn. 14:9).

The dispositions of Christ’s heart were so completely surrendered to the heart of the Father that our Savior tells us that He came not to do His will but the will of the Father. Even every word spoken by Jesus was a whole-hearted submission to the Father: “I do not speak of my own authority” (Jn. 14 10) and “the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me” (Jn. 14:24).

Furthermore, Jesus in no way seeks himself, nor his own personal interests; He seeks only the Father’s. The Son says to the Father: “I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work you gave me to do….” (Jn. 17:4.) The Son claims nothing as His own; He even dispossesses himself of His glory, “the glory [He] had with the [Father] before the world was made” (Jn. 17: 5).

He is not attached to creatures but clings only to the Father: “The Hour is coming… when you will leave me alone, yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me” (Jn. 16: 32). Father and Son are so united that Jesus shares all the power and beauty of the Father. This communion of gifts is clear when Christ says, “all that the Father has is mine.” (Jn. 16:15).

Jesus’ heart is a supple instrument, completely ruled by the will of the Father. And this total surrender and communion is abundantly fruitful, for in His Incarnation, passion and death - in complete obedience to the will of the Father -our Lord became the Savior of the world.

This model of Christ’s complete self abasement, detachment and self donation to the Father is an eloquent model for religious to reach the fullness of union and fecundity desired by our Lord. May we too - in imitation of Christ’s self surrender - allow ourselves to be dispossessed of all, belonging in our totality to our Spouse, in absolute surrender, in perfect communion and submission to the will of our Spouse, as Christ was to the Father - so that our union with our Lord would generate a bountiful fecundity for the Church.


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