Friday, February 3, 2012

Consecrated Life

This is the time of year when there are celebrations of the World Day For Consecrated Life. The Holy Father reminded us of this at Solemn Vespers on February 2nd, some dioceses observe this day on Sunday, February 5th.
As we consider the meaning of the celebrations we realize that God has given the Church and the world a great gift in the life of the Religious men and women. Each of them, in turn, has gratefully accepted this gift and has made a commitment to live faithfully until death. The prayer life of each one must be daily nurtured, and growth in holiness continues throughout life. The fruit of these daily prayers and struggles brings many graces to the world which depends spiritually on the prayer life of Religious.

The contemplative monasteries have been compared to the power plant outside the city, which produces no visible product, but supplies the electricity that keeps the city bright and productive. As contemplative religious, we celebrate this day by thanking God and recalling the beautiful day of our own Profession of Vows. At that time we gave ourselves totally to God through the hands of Our Blessed Mother. Mary is our model and guide bringing us to the Father as she brought her Son, Jesus, to the temple in Jerusalem. May she always be with us in our journey and teach us to follow closely her divine Son.

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