On the World Day for Consecrated Life, February 2, we ask you to pray with us for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation. (Click here for the World Day for Consecrated Life Prayer Card.)
Today is also the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) explains, “This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples.”
To celebrate Jesus Christ’s light reflected in their lives, several Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN) attended the Celebration of Consecrated Life, hosted by the Archdiocese of Chicago at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge, IL on Sunday, January 29. The theme for celebration was “Promoting a Culture of Vocations.”
During the six-hour event, Fr. Stephen B. Bevans, SVD, spoke about the theology of vocations. Approximately 270 participants from 66 different congregations of vowed men and women, also, had opportunities for discussion.
Sr. Michele Vincent Fisher, CSFN, who was a member of the planning committee for the event, believes that many elements go into creating a culture of vocations. She says all Catholics, whether vowed religious or not, can help with vocation discernment “by listening more deeply to what is resounding in our hearts, to what is happening in the ordinary life around us, to the stories told around the tables of family, friends and community, to the voices of those we deem least likely to influence us and to the voices of those who disturb our settled conscience.”
She went on to say, “After we have listened well, we must pray and listen more. And when it is time to make decisions, we must be ready to move with haste, as Mary did when she went to meet Elizabeth, confident that the God who calls is the God who accompanies us and who helps us bring to completion that which He initiated.”
The Celebration of Consecrated Life concluded with a Mass offered by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago.
For more information on the World Day for Consecrated Life, please visit the USCCB’s Consecrated Life page. To explore the vocation that may be resounding in your heart, please visit the CSFN “Am I Called?” page.
Watch for other coverage of how our sisters celebrated World Day for Consecrated Life on our website and Facebook page.