A year to celebrate those who can awaken the world
Consecrated life is a sign in the Church and the world of the union with Christ which all Christians are invited to in Baptism. This year our congregation participated in the celebration of consecrated life, as gift and sign, in several ways within the Archdiocese.
On January 26, 2014, several of our Sisters along with many other Religious participated in the celebration of Mass, public renewal of vows and vocation displays at the Newman Centre, on the University of Toronto downtown campus. This was an opportunity to be present to young adults, to listen to their ideas and concerns and respond to their questions.
On February 2, the World Day for Consecrated Life was celebrated with a Mass at St Paul’s Basilica. Pope John Paul 11 named the purpose of this day of recognition and celebration as a day “to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the evangelical counsels” as well as “a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervour which should inspire the offering of themselves to the Lord.” (Pope John Paul 11, 1997 message) On that same day in several Toronto churches, DVDs telling the story of Sisters of St. Joseph in ministry were made available.
In naming 2015 as a whole year to celebrate Consecrated Life, Pope Francis said of religious: “They are men and women who can awaken the world. Consecrated Life is prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to ‘domesticate’ them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord.” (Pope Francis, on the occasion of the announcement that 2015 will be dedicated to consecrated life)
As we go forward through this year, towards 2015, let us be faithful to our commitment to the “frontiers of our world” and in this way, inspire others to join us.
Rosemary Fry CSJ