Blessed James Alberione

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Religious engaged in the publishing apostolate have roles that are in common with those of the diocesan clergy; as well they have unique possibilities which derive from their particular state. Such possibilities and roles can be summed up as greater breadth, greater continuity and greater passion.

Greater breadth
Of preaching, of influence and of grace.
Of preaching: They do not confine their work to a parish or to a particular diocese; their work extends to the Church universal.
Of influence: since they are in the particular service of the Holy See, they can have a greater ascendancy
over all the faithful, whatever the latter's social standing or condition.
Of grace: since, by calling, religious are directed towards the many, they will receive many graces. God, in fact, distributes grace in accordance with each one's responsibilities.

Greater continuity
A religious Congregation has a longer life than a single priest does.
In fact, when just one religious is insufficient to carry out the apostolate, another joins him. When a religious dies and goes to his reward, the Congregation will provide for others to continue the same enterprises.
When an enterprise shows great promise and the increased workload or new difficulties demand it, the Congregation will provide personnel and help.

Greater passion
Lastly, religious have greater passion in the apostolate, since those thus engaged, having no longer to provide for their personal needs, have more time available; in addition, their religious vows point to and result in a greater concentration
of natural and supernatural energy in the apostolate.
The faithful have an especial trust and support for religious for they know they no longer have any earthly goal. Lastly, the Congregation can become a school of specialization in matter and form, as it were, for the training of specialists, skilled in every branch of the apostolate.