Continuing formation, whether in Institutes of apostolic or contemplative life, is an intrinsic requirement of religious conseration.... the formation process is not limited to the initial phase. Due to human limitations, the consecrated person can never claim to have copmpletely brought to life the "new creature" who, in every circumstance of life, reflects the very mind of Christ. Initial formation then, should be closely connected with continuing formation, thereby creating a readiness on everyone's part to let themselves be formed every day of their lives.... At no stage of life can people feel so secure and committed that they do not need to give careful attention to ensuring perseverance in faithfulness; just as there is no age at which a person has completely achieved maturity.

- VITA CONSECRATA, #69



 

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