The Lasting Legacy of Pope John Paul II's Message to Religious.
by Sr. Evelyn Ann Schumacher, O.S.F.
Throughout history, the consecrated life has been strictly joined to holiness. Vatican II and Pope John Paul II reinforced this teaching and realized that without faithfulness to the authentic sources of Christian spirituality and prayer, consecrated life cannot "stand up" to today's permissive culture.
Prefectae Caritatis set down two guiding principles for the "appropriate renewal of religious life": first, the constant return to the sources of Christian Life, and second, the original inspiration of religious foundations. In English, "inspiration" often was translated as "charism."