Written on: January 28, 2016
Although the Jubilee Year of Mercy has begun, the Year for Consecrated Life continues until February 2 which marks the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the annual celebration of Consecrated Life.
To complete the celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, an international symposium on “Following the Gospel, A Permanent Form of Life in the Church” will be held in Rome from January 27 through January 31, 2016. The Year will officially close on Saturday, February 1, 2016, with a Prayer Vigil at the Vatican. On Sunday, February 2, 2016, Eucharistic Liturgy of the World Day of Consecrated Life will be celebrated by Pope Francis in Rome.
During the Year of Consecrated Life, a spotlight was focused on the vocation to religious life as a sister, brother or priest. This was a year of both celebration and education. Celebration of the amazing contributions consecrated women and men have made to our world, Church and society. It was also a year to educate the public about what it means to have a religious vocation. Living consecrated life means living in the image of Jesus, to the best of one’s abilities. It doesn’t mean living a perfect life, but rather a life of sacrifice and joy. Given our consumer based culture, these are concepts difficult to explain!
As we enter into the Jubilee Year of Mercy, it is perhaps the perfect follow-up to a Year for Consecrated Life. With a new awareness of religious consecration in all of its counter-cultural glory, perhaps people are ready to embrace and live lives of mercy.
If they are, we have religious men and women, like the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart to thank! We are grateful for their faithfulness to God’s call and willingness to live a life of mystery and compassion.
Maryellen Glackin is Director of Vocations and Social Media for the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. If you are interested in learning more about a vocation to religious life, or how to become a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart, please contact Maryellen. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!