In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. Usually within parish communities, the celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following weekend (February 3-4, 2018) in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.
Please pray for all who have made commitments in the consecrated life, especially our Franciscan Friars Conventual, and specifically the friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province. Consider taking a moment to thank them on their special day.
During the Homily on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – the XXI World Day of Consecrated Life (in 2017), Pope Francis stated:
“All of us are aware of the multicultural transformation we are experiencing; no one doubts this. Hence, it is all the more important for consecrated men and women to be one with Jesus, in their lives and in the midst of these great changes. Our mission – in accordance with each particular charism – reminds us that we are called to be a leaven in this dough. Perhaps there are better brands of flour, but the Lord has called us to be leaven here and now, with the challenges we face. Not on the defensive or motivated by fear, but with our hands on the plow, helping the wheat to grow, even though it has frequently been sown among weeds. Putting Jesus in the midst of His people means having a contemplative heart, one capable of discerning how God is walking through the streets of our cities, our towns and our neighborhoods. Putting Jesus in the midst of His people means taking up and carrying the crosses of our brothers and sisters. It means wanting to touch the wounds of Jesus in the wounds of a world in pain, which longs and cries out for healing.“
May all women and men in consecrated life continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of vocation!
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