Religious life will survive into the future as people continue to search for ways to seek God and help their neighbour, but what it will look like is uncertain, said Sister Clare Condon, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, at a Sydney forum to mark the Year of Consecrated Life.
When asked to write my reflection on consecrated life, I responded with a yes while deep inside I felt most uncomfortable. So my question to myself over the following weeks was, why am I so uncomfortable writing on consecrated life?
In this year dedicated by Pope Francis to Consecrated Life, what are the signs to look for when young people discern the call to consecrated life? Maronite Sister Margaret Ghosn writes about vocation discernment in the second part of her piece for CRA's Reflection Series on the Year of Consecrated Life.
If we listen more deeply to God's insistent call, we are drawn to God who desires to see the world comforted and loved through us, writes Maronite Sister Margaret Ghosn in the first of her two-part piece for CRA's Reflection Series on the Year of Consecrated Life.
Like pianists playing Bach who bring their own unique touch to the same piece of music, vowed religious simply play their commitment with a different touch. Their call is to make the religious dimension of their life uniquely important and central - that no other life commitment is possible for them, writes Sister Genevieve Ryan rsj.
The Pastoral Letter from the Australian Bishops, "Wake Up the World, Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life," calls on the Australian Church to acknowledge the work, witness and inspiration of religious sisters, brothers and priests, recognising them as "catalysts for renewal; exploring new frontiers and possibilities."
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Our identity as Religious cannot be focused simply on what we do, but more fundamentally, based on who we are called to be, said Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, drawing from his Salesian roots in his homily for the Archdiocese's inaugural mass for the Year of Consecrated Life.
The line "It’s all over - it’s all about to begin" seems to capture the future of consecrated life in the Australian Church. The grace of humility might well be the one thing we religious pray for in this special year, called to arrive at an inner poverty of spirit and openness to Christ, writes Marist Brother Mark O'Connor in this piece he writes for CRA's Reflection Series on the Year of Consecrated Life.
CathNews, Australia’s Catholic daily online news service, celebrates the Year of Consecrated Life with a photo competition and a series of panel discussions on religious life, “Evenings for the Year of Consecrated Life.”