Statement of His Eminence Augustin Cardinal Mayer, former Secretary of the Congregation for Religious and Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

His Eminence Augustin Cardinal Mayer, OSB

"Religious life, according to the Council, belongs to the holiness and life of the Church. It is clear how it pertains to the holiness, but it also pertains to the life, so that we must say that without religious life, the Church would not be full. She would miss an essential part of Her vocation. This fact can be spoken of as a title of glory of the religious life, but at the same time, it is a powerful challenge to truly live religious life so that the Church may live in Her full light and glory."