“The point of the Third Order is to accept with humility the task of one’s secular profession and its requirements, wherever one happens to be, while directing one’s whole life to that deep interior communion with Christ that (St.) Francis (of Assisi) showed us. ‘Those who make use of the world as though they were not using it,’ (1 Cor. 7:31) — to master this inner tension, which is perhaps the more difficult challenge, and sustained by those pledged to follow Christ radically, truly to live it out ever anew — that is what third orders are for.”
[Pope Benedict XVI in his book, Jesus of Nazareth, Chapter IV, page 79]
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