Greetings my dear friends,
This coming weekend, February 4-5, parishes will observe the World Day of Consecrated Life, which was established by Saint John Paul II in 1997.
What is Consecrated Life? Here is the Wikipedia definition: “Consecrated life, in the canonical sense defined by the Catholic Church, is a stable form of Christian living by those faithful who feel called to follow Jesus Christ in a more exacting way recognized by the Church.”
As Bishop Weisenburger wrote in his monthly bulletin, “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. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.”
In light of this observance, let us pray for those women and men who live the vocation to the consecrated life. May we follow their example to follow Christ more closely and be the light of Christ to everyone we meet.