- Sometimes we see opposites almost "in conflict" such that we must choose one and reject the other.
- Other times we might hold opposites in a "tensive relationship" and strive for a balance.
- Yet a further possibility is a struggle to "integrate" opposites.
The above maybe an over-generalized and simplistic summary perhaps, but does it have possibilities for opening a window of insight into the different forms of consecrated life. If we consider "consecration" and "secularity" from the analogy of opposites, then perhaps:
- Enclosed Contemplative Religious life in some respects "opposes" consecration and secularity. Members withdraw totally from the secular world to live their life of consecration.
- Apostolic Religious Life "holds in tension" consecration and secularity. Members are drawn to the world in service, and away from the world as a distraction to their consecration.
- Secular Institutes are called upon to "integrate" consecration and secularity.