In calling for the Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis articulated three goals: to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion, and finally, to embrace the future with hope. During the Year of Consecrated Life, the Pope invites religious to renew their vocation and to fill their lives with joy and passion, so that the increase in loving activity is a continuous process. “Love is never finished and complete; throughout life it changes and matures, and thus remains faithful to itself.”
Here in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, activities of the Year call religious to look back at the blessings of the past but not to stop there. As grateful as we are for the history of consecrated life, we must look to the future and listen to what God is saying to the Church today and implement ever more fully the essential aspects of our consecrated life. We must live our three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience with the Joy that is visible to those around us, and to ourselves.
Plan now to participate in the diocesan celebration that will take place on October 31, 2015, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. And, watch this site for news of other activities throughout this blessed time, right until the closing of the Year on Feb. 2, 2016.
As Pope Francis has said, “Consecrated men and women live out their fidelity, giving a reason for the joy that lives in them. So they become splendid witnesses, effective proclaimers, companions and neighbors for the women and men with whom they share a common history and who want to find their Father’s house in the Church.”
Wherever there are men and women who have consecrated their lives to God, there you find joy.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 19, 2015
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