Paths of Love: The Discernment of Vocation

Texts of Pope Paul VI cited in the book

Here you will find a compilation of the texts of Pope Paul VI cited or mentioned in the book Paths of Love.

  • The universal vocation to holiness is the focus of Vatican II

    • God most kind, who is the source and crown and glory of all holiness, always renews new examples of virtues in the Church, and in the life of those who, "being partakers of our humanity, are transformed more perfectly into the image of Christ... manifests his presence and face more vividly to men" (Lumen Gentium, n. 50) offers in them a bright sign of his kingdom, so that he might powerfully attract us to gain it, surrounded by a cloud of witnesses (Cf. Heb 12:1).
      It is therefore no wonder that the Second Vatican Council, treating of the mystery of the Church, set in a fuller light this eminent mark of holiness, to which the other marks are closely connected, and again and again called all the faithful, of whatever condition or order, to the fullness of Christian life and the perfection of charity (Cf. Lumen Gentium, nn. 40-42); this exhortation to holiness may be considered the most characteristic element of the councilís teaching, and as its final goal. (Pope Paul VI, Sanctitas Clarior, March 19, 1969.)
  • The special value of religious life

    • It must be admitted that the doctrine of the universal vocation of all the faithful to holiness (regardless of their position or social situation), has been put forth very much in modern times, and indeed rightly so... All these things are happening by the counsel of Divine Providence, and that is why We rejoice over such salutary undertakings.
      However, we must be on guard lest, for this very reason, the genuine notion of religious life as it has traditionally flourished in the Church, should become obscured, and youth, when they think about choosing of a way of life, be in some way hindered, due to their not distinctly and clearly perceiving the special function and immutable importance of the religious state within the Church... This state, which receives its proper character from profession of the evangelical vows, is a perfect way of living according to the example and teaching of Jesus Christ. It aims at the growth of charity, and its final perfection. In contrast, the specific ends, advantages and functions proposed in other ways of life, though they are legitimate in themselves, are temporal. (Pope Paul VI, Address to the General Chapters of Religious Orders and Congregations, May 23, 1964).

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