15. Vocation is intimately linked to mission. When a Christian deepens his or her bonds of friendship with the Lord, He entrusts a mission to them. Vocation has its origin in the entering of God into their lives and needs time to transform their hearts, binding them totally to Christ. The mission entrusted to them by Christ is a deep, permanent and growing desire born out of this bond 13 . 16. CLC members recognise their personal vocation within the Church in this particular form of Christian life. The particular vocation of CLC members is closely related to the discernment of their apostolic mission, that is, the type of service each Christian is being called to render in the Church for the evangelisation of the world. 3. The specific CLC vocation 17. The CLC vocation makes the universal Christian vocation specific by means of three principal characteristics: 3.1. An Ignatian vocation 18. The charism and spirituality of CLC are Ignatian. Thus, the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius are both the specific source of this charism and the characteristic instrument of CLC spirituality 14 . 13 “ He appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message…” (Mk 3:14) 14 “ Our vocation calls us to live this spirituality, which opens us and disposes us to whatever God wishes in each concrete situation of our daily life.” (GP 5) 8
19. The General Principles emphasise the Ignatian character of CLC by using phrases throughout the text, which refer to the experience of The Exercises or to the Ignatian charism. They emphasise the central role of Jesus Christ. Their explicit references to the Ignatian origins of the CLC way of proceeding and to the importance of apostolic discernment in opening oneself to the most urgent and universal calls of the Lord make it clear that discernment is to become the normal way of making decisions. 20. The CLC way of life is shaped by the features of Ignatian Christology : austere and simple, in solidarity with the poor and the outcasts of society, integrating contemplation and action, in all things living lives of love and service within the Church, always in a spirit of discernment. This Ignatian Christology springs from the contemplation of the Incarnation where the mission of Jesus is revealed. It springs forth from contemplating Him who is sent by the Father to save the world; who personally chooses and calls those He wants to collaborate with Him from among those who recognize themselves as being weak and sinners. It arises from following Jesus the Eternal King who emptied Himself 15 in order to live a life of poverty and humiliation, in union with Him in his passion and resurrection, when the strength of the Spirit forms the Church as the Body of Christ.
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