Year of Consecrated Life
Those who live a consecrated life is like a lighthouse on the seashore, guiding the sea vessels approaching their destination. The lighthouse must be brightly lit all the time, writes Sister Cielo Tanio of the Daughters of Divine Zeal Australia (FDZ).
It is not true that the Consecrated Life is dying. Rather, we understand that it is actually in a period of transformation and is always moving towards the goal to live and act in order to give witness, writes Josephite Sister Maria Cecilia Paiva Huaringa.
We have to keep trying to love, and show our love, to those who matter to us, in ways that will make sense to them rather than simply in ways that will make us feel good, said Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe sdb.
When we allow God to take the initiative, our lives can become a living witness of God’s love, enabling us to become even more effective sowers of hope, sharing that love with others, enabling it to flourish wherever it is sown, writes Marist Brother Greg McDonald as he reflects on the work of Marist Brothers, other religious and lay partners in Timor Leste.
Vocation cannot be reduced to a state of life like priesthood or marriage or religious life, but our true consecration to God is uniquely personal; it belongs to the deepest Self and was initiated at Baptism where God calls us to be an image of Christ, writes Sr Genevieve Ryan rsj.