In 1997, Pope John Paul II called for consecrated life to be
promoted throughout the universal Church. He declared on February
2, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, to be observed as
World Day for Consecrated Life. In the United States, when Feb. 2
is not on a Sunday, we celebrate on the Sunday after the
Presentation. In 2011, we celebrated on February 6.
The scriptures for February 6 encourage us to let our lights
shine so that our good works may draw others to do the same. God
calls women and men today to let their lights shine through
profession of vows and a life dedicated to prayer and service. This
Sunday the Church recognizes and expresses gratitude for those who
have consecrated their lives to God. World Day for Consecrated Life
is the occasion to promote this life choice as one of the ways to
live out our baptismal commitment.
Consecrated Life, rooted deeply in the example and teaching of
Christ the Lord, is a special gift of God. Some women and some men
are called by God to take on the evangelical counsels -- poverty,
chastity and obedience. By devoting themselves to God with
undivided hearts, women and men embrace God's radical call, leave
all things behind and dare to put themselves totally at the service
of God and God's people.
Pope John Paul II states: The consecrated life may experience
further change in its historical forms, but there will be no change
in the substance of choice which finds expression in a radical gift
of self for love of the Lord Jesus and, in him, of every member of
the human family.
For more information contact Sister Laura Zelten, Vocation
Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
3110 Nicolet Drive Green Bay, WI
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