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Consecrata, On Consecrated Life, is a reflection on the
proceedings of the world Synod of Bishops held in Rome in October
1994. It is a large document of 109 articles and covers, as far as
possible, every form of consecrated life. Mary appears in articles
18, 23, 28, 34, 94, 95, 97, and 112. In each case she is upheld as an
example of the consecrated life - both in the active and the
contemplative aspects - in relation to the Trinity and the Church, to
prophetic witness and evangelization. The main image used is the
biblical scene of the Visitation. At the conclusion of the document,
Pope John Paul II invokes Mary in prayer to sustain consecrated
persons on their journey.
Finally, the document also asks all consecrated persons, "according to their own traditions, to renew daily their spiritual union with the Blessed Virgin Mary, reliving with her the mysteries of her son, especially by saying the rosary." (VC 95)
In actuality, there are few elements in terms of Marian teaching. The text can be characterized as a call for members of the consecrated life to return to the Marian model and to Marian consecration. A minor theme in post-Vatican II Marian documents consists in pointing out the Way of Beauty as Mary exemplifies it. To concentrate on the divine beauty reflected in Mary and the fullness of human created beauty is to concentrate on the ideal and the goal of the Christian life.
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Origins 25:41 (1996): 681-719
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