Formation directors for religious orders must be "lovingly attentive" to those they are guiding so that "the eventual crisis of quantity does not result in a much graver crisis of quality."
Total obedience to God's will brings wisdom, joy and hope, Pope Francis told religious men and women.
"Yes, the happiness of a religious is a consequence of this path of lowering oneself with Jesus and, when we are sad, when we complain, it will do us well to ask ourselves how we are living this dimension of 'kenosis' " or self-emptying, he said.
Cardinal Luis Tagle's appointment to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic life comes at a crucial time, one ecclesiologist said.
Francis Chronicles: "What would happen if there were no nuns? ... Can you even imagine a church without nuns ... ? No, it is unthinkable!"