A message from Bishop Nelson Perez, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, on the celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life
In 1997, Pope St. John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This year, World Day for Consecrated Life is celebrated on February 2-3.
Pope Francis reminds us that consecrated life is born and reborn of an encounter with Jesus as he is poor, chaste and obedient. Whereas the life of this world attempts to take hold of us, the consecrated life turns from fleeting riches to embrace the one who endures forever. The consecrated life frees our affections of every possession in order to fully love God and other people, and the consecrated life chooses humble obedience as the greater freedom.
We pray for those who are consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. May they always reveal the love of Christ to those they encounter and continue to enrich our world by their dedicated lives of prayer. And, in a particular way, we also pray for all those who are discerning their vocation in life — particularly those whom the Lord is calling to consecrated life. May they be given the wisdom to hear God’s call and the courage to respond generously.
During this year’s celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life, please take a moment to remember in prayer all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life and be sure to thank them on their special occasion.
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