Celebration of Consecrated Life
On Feb. 2, 2010, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. The purpose of this day is "to help the entire Church to esteem even more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels." (Pope John Paul ll)
On Sunday, Jan. 31, Archbishop Thomas Collins celebrated a mass at St. Paul's Basilica to which all the religious of the Archdiocese of Toronto were invited. Members of various congregations shared in the liturgy as Ministers of the Word, gift bearers and servers. (There are 99 congregations in the Toronto Archdiocese.)
In his homily, Archbishop Collins referred to religious life as "a splendid sign of the Heavenly Kingdom." He spoke of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as signs of contradiction in the world, yet signs that point to the light and splendour beyond that contradiction. These signs point to love; they are signs of the kingdom to come. They show us, he said, "How to get from where we are to where we are going."
Following the liturgy, the many religious, along with their friends, gathered to renew acquaintances and to share memories and refreshments.
By Mary Buckley CSJ