The World Day of Consecrated Life will be celebrated this year in our parishes on the weekend of February 6-7, 2021. February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord also known as Candlemas Day, the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ, the Light of the World. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples.
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sunday, February 7th @ 11 AM at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will be the celebrant and homilist. Refreshments will follow in Drexel Hall.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us a glimpse into its different forms. Here is a brief summary for you to share with your parishioners:
Eremetic Life–Without always professing the three evangelical counsels publicly, hermits “devote their life to the praise of God and salvation of the world through a stricter separation from the world, the silence of solitude and assiduous prayer and penance.”
Consecrated Virgins–From apostolic times Christian virgins, called by the Lord to cling only to him with greater freedom of heart, body, and spirit, have decided with the Church’s approval to live in the respective states of virginity “for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.”
Religious Life–Religious life was born in the East during the first centuries of Christianity. Lived within institutes canonically erected by the Church, it is distinguished from other forms of consecrated life by its liturgical character, public profession of the evangelical counsels, fraternal life led in common, and witness given to the union of Christ with the Church.
Secular Institutes–“A secular institute is an institute of consecrated life in which the Christian faithful living in the world strive for the perfection of charity and work for the sanctification of the world especially from within.”
Societies of Apostolic Life–Alongside the different forms of consecrated life are “societies of apostolic life whose members without religious vows pursue the particular apostolic purpose of their society, and lead a life as brothers or sisters in common according to a particular manner of life.