By Fernie Ceniceros
Editor, Rio Grande Catholic
Bishop Mark Seitz celebrated with the women religious of the diocese at a mass on Feb 2nd at St. Patrick Cathedral for World Day for Consecrated Life.
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.
“This then is the consecrated life: praise which gives joy to God’s people, prophetic vision that reveals what counts. Consecrated life is not about survival, it is not about preparing ourselves for ars bene moriendi: this is the temptation of our days, in the face of declining vocations. No, it is not about survival, but new life. “But… there are only a few of us…” – it’s about new life. It is a living encounter with the Lord in his people. It is a call to the faithful obedience of daily life and to the unexpected surprises from the Spirit. It is a vision of what we need to embrace in order to experience joy: Jesus” Pope Francis, said during his WDCL Homily on February 2, 2019.
“We are just thrilled to be able to come together in our diocese as Sisters and as a community along with Bishop Seitz,” Sr. Margie Silguero said. “The Sisters in this Diocese play a critical role in bring the Gospels of Jesus to life for the people of this diocese. And we are more than happy to answer our Lord’s call to live this life in service to Him and His community,” She ended.