World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life 2017...
The 2nd of February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas, when all the candles will be blessed for this coming year.
It is also a day of prayer throughout the world for those who live a consecrated life - and for those who will respond in the future.
Please pray today for Vocations to all forms of Consecrated Life
especially the Redemptorists!
We are in it together!
L to R: Br Chris, Fr Charles, Fr Richard, Fr Peter, Fr Charlie and Fr Ronnie CSsR - before the Papal Throne, St John Lateran
Cardinal Tobin CSsR said on the 31 Jan 2017,
"Consecrated life, like any committed life, faces particular challenges today, particularly in the West, where a famous sociologist ... used to talk about the “liquid society,” a society that is so fluid in its identity that you can say you’re something one day, and then change it the next, even the most profound characteristics of what it means to be human. I think as vowed people, people who have given ourselves to the Lord, to maintain that commitment within such fluidity is going to be a challenge. I think also that this sort of freedom that religious life should model isn’t always evident if we’re not truly free – free from striving for power, wealth or unlimited satisfaction. In a consumerist society, that’s going to be a challenge, to say no, living simply and living gratefully is the real secret to a happy life. So I think religious can model that for the rest of the Church. But if we’re not faithful to that, then we become like the salt that’s lost its flavor, and we don’t want to do that."
He also said at antoher time,
"Our Holy Father Francis has given the Church this special opportunity to pray for all those women and men in consecrated life who have given their lives in love to God.
This prayer may prompt each of us to ask,
'How is God calling me to give of myself this day, that I might know the deeper joy of service to God and others?'"
The Redemptorists of the London Province
have a Vocations Discernment Weekend in March
- think about it!