(The Crosier) becomes accustomed to a simple recollection that preserves him from disturbances of the senses (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).
If the early Church rejoiced in one simple contemplation, it was certainly the contemplation of the Risen Christ. The regard of these first disciples who knew him personally, who were eyewitnesses, even at a distance, of his Passion and who saw him after his Resurrection, the regard of these disciples was fixed on him. His presence, sometimes visible and sometimes not, became the center of their attention, the inspiring strength of their life. Their contemplation of him strengthened them in their human weaknesses and for the disturbing events that followed the Resurrection. The history of the Church testifies to the same dynamic: the stability of individual believers and of Christian communities is related to the contemplation of the Risen Christ. It is only with a look fixed on him that one advances amid ever-present personal and social disruption. This is especially the conviction of religious who try to advance the Kingdom of the Risen Lord by their consecrated commitment. It is their witness that the intimate contemplation of Christ sustains them in the ups and downs of consecrated life. Is there any another support for living in freedom while facing the desires that threaten the observance of obedience, poverty and chastity?
The little bird drinks only water that doesn’t trouble his flying. (Mali)
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