The Feast of Candlemas

Taken from Intercom February 2021 by John Cullen

The second day of February is a Day of Prayer for all Consecrated Religious. They are all ordinary people who live, pray, work and serve in monastic, contemplative, apostolic, prophetic and missionary communities. They are nuns, monks, brothers, sisters and priests who are inspired by the Gospel message and mission.

‘Being for other’ is the core vision of their lives.

‘Being for others’ follows a life of radical simplicity lived in a vowed promise of freedom.

‘Being for others’ follows a single-hearted love that is inclusive of all, especially the poor.

‘Being for others’ follows a shared community life of service, availability and hospsitality.

‘Being for others’ follows a communal discernment and prayer of quiet stillness and silence.

‘Being for others’ follows new ways to be credible and convincing witnesses of the Gospel.

‘Being for others’ follows like Mary, the suffering sword which is heart-rending and painful.

‘Being for others’ follows and believes in the faithful promise of a God who visits his people.

May we ‘be for others’ as a kind and gentle light in dark times of doubt and fear.

Message from the editor: World Day for Consecrated Life is in its 25th year. It was instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II. Usually religious come together to pray together but this year is different. We will search to see where we will join a webinar prayer.

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