Excerpt from the "Regula Sancti
(Articles of Formation)
Order of the Legion of Saint Michael
We know that in everything God works for good with those who
love Him ... For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image
of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. And those whom He
predestined He also called and those whom He called He also justified; and those whom He
justified He also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).
All Christians in any walk or state in
life are called to the fullness of Christian life
and to the perfection of charity.
All are called to holiness: Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48).
In order to reach this perfection
the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them
by Christ's gift, so that ... doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote
themselves to the glory of God and
to the service of their neighbor. Thus the holiness of the People
of God will grow in fruitful
abundance, as is clearly shown in the history of the Church
through the lives of so many saints.
tends toward ever more intimate union with Christ.
This union is called mystical
because it participates in the mystery of Christ
through the Sacraments
- the holy mysteries - and, in Him,
in the mystery of the Holy
Trinity. God calls
us all to this intimate union with
Him, even if the special graces
or extraordinary signs of the mystical life are granted only to some for the
sake of manifesting the gratuitous
gift to all.
The way of perfection passes by
the Way of the Cross. There is no holiness without renunciation
and spiritual battle. Spiritual
progress entails the ascetic
and mortification that gradually leads to
living in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes:
He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning,
through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows.
The Call to Holiness requires discipline of our senses
and desires. Devotional
acts may help with this discipline.
From his Constitutions, Saint
All should take care to guard with great
diligence the gates of their senses (especially the eyes, ears, and tongue) from all
disorder, to preserve themselves in peace and true humility of their souls, and to give an
indication of it by silence when it should be kept and, when they must speak, by the
discretion and edification of their words, the modesty of their countenance, the maturity
of their walk, and all their movements, without giving any sign of impatience or pride. In
everything they should try and desire to give the advantage to the others, esteeming them
all in their hearts as better than themselves and showing exteriorly, in an unassuming and
simple religious manner, the respect and reverence befitting each ones state, in
such a way that by observing one another they grow in devotion and praise God our Lord,
Whom each one should endeavor to recognize in his neighbor as in His image . . . . It will
be very specially helpful to perform with all possible devotion the tasks in which
humility and charity are practiced more; and, to speak in general, the more one binds
himself to God our Lord and shows himself more generous toward his Divine Majesty, the
more will he find God more generous toward himself and the more disposed will he be to
receive graces and spiritual gifts which are greater each day.
In addition, the Call to Holiness,
requires us to guard against becoming accomplices
to sin. One
becomes an accomplice when one culpably assists
another in the performance of an evil action.
This may be done by counsel, command, provocation,
consent, praise, flattery, concealment,
participation, silence, or defense of
the evil done.