World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
Today we join together in celebrating the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life as a St. Genevieve parish family to give prayerful thanks for the religious women and men serving God in varied ways in our community.
Included among them are our dear Sisters of St. Joseph; the Christian Brothers; the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales; the Brothers of Charity; the Sisters of Mercy and the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart. How blessed we are! They are with us in worship, prayer and service to our grade school, high school and college students and in ministry to thousands throughout the region.
In 1997, Pope St. John Paul II instituted this day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life who, like me as a diocesan priest, answered God’s Call to devote their lives to service and prayer. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which was Friday.
The Feast of the Presentation is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. Our blessed candles were used yesterday to bless throats on the Memorial of St. Blaise. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples.
It is always so good to see and share with all of you who are part of our St. Genevieve family. Thank you for your support. May we all continue to pray for all who have been called to the Consecrated Life and for all who may be discerning such a call.
Thank you, and God Bless you, in gratitude and prayer my Brothers and Sisters!