Tuesday, January 28, 2014
by Sister Laura Zelten
I came across a book titled "Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose." I
thought it was a great description of vowed life. It's exactly what
we do as women and men religious.
As the Church celebrates World Day for Consecrated Life on
February 2, we recognize and give thanks to Sisters, Brothers and
Priests who, through their baptismal commitment, have dedicated
their lives to the mission of Jesus. We religious are seized with
an overwhelming, all-consuming desire to give ourselves directly to
Christ and the Church. Our call requires us to step outside
the safety of the crowd, beyond the normal route Christians
generally are called to travel.
The Church invites people who are generous, adventurous,
committed, and single-minded to become consecrated disciples who
are willing and capable of forgetting themselves on purpose. Why?
To be God's visible instruments of service to those in need and to
Whether or not you are called to consecrated life, be
passionately ambitious in finding where Christ's love inspires you
to forget yourself on purpose.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
by Sister Laura Zelten
This Sunday our Church celebrates
Consecrated Life Day. This day is set aside to appreciate the
gifts religious women and men bring to the Church.
It might sound strange but as I watched the U.S. Women's Figure
Skating competition last Sunday, it occurred to me there were
similarities between the successful skaters and those of us called
to religious life.
First, the dedication to excellence: Each woman was committed to
long hours of practice. Some put their education on hold in order
to compete. Dedication is also a trait of religious women and men.
We are committed to rooting our lives in prayer and ministry.
And yes, it takes practice. Every day my Sisters and I spend
time in communal prayer and personal prayer. We are dedicated to
growing in our relationship with God. Renewed by prayer, religious
women and men serve the Church. We give our whole lives to working
with and for the people of God, whether as teachers, health-care
givers, pastoral ministers, parish directors, faith formation
personnel or hospital chaplains.
Second, the ability to stay focused: Figure skaters need to
block out all distractions so they can perform their routines
flawlessly. At one point during Sunday's competition a skater
slipped and fell because she looked up at the crowd after hearing
her name called. She lost her focus. We religious women and men are
called to give our all to the people of God. For that to
happen we must stay focused on Jesus and His mission.
Like St. Paul tells us, our crown is the gift of eternal life.
"I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the
We may not be champion figure skaters, but we are champions in
the light of Christ. May you, too, see yourself as someone
who has their eyes on the prize of Jesus.