Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment."
the whole house. The house of God, the Church, today no less than in the past, is
adorned and enriched by the presence of the consecrated life....
"What in people's eyes can
seem a waste is, for the individuals
captivated in the depths of their heart by the beauty and goodness of the Lord, an obvious response of love, a joyful expression of gratitude for having been admitted in a unique way to the knowledge of the Son and to a sharing in his divine mission in the world....
the incarnate God, the God who endured suffering, the God who is the supreme good,
they would give themselves completely to him, they would withdraw not only from other creatures but even from their very selves, and with all their being would love this God
of love to the point of being completely transformed into the God-man, who is the
supreme Beloved'." ~ Vita Consecrata 104