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 the Church.
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.
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