Today we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. Instituted by Blessed John Paul II in 1997 the day was chosen to coincide with the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord; to symbolise the presentation of ourselves to God. Today, we also bless candles to symbolise Christ, who is the light of the world, and to remind us that we, who are in consecrated life, are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples.
As Capuchin Franciscans in Ireland we share Christ’s light and love through our work in churches, parishes, schools, universities, hospitals, hospices, homeless and drug centres, retreat houses and many other areas of society. We live and pray in community, and serve the Church through our apostolic service and contemplative prayer. As Capuchin Franciscans we embrace the consecrated life through our vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. As we journey with Francis, we seek to discover Christ in the face of today's most needy and vulnerable.
May we are who consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience seek to live our Baptismal promises more intensely. May God grant us the grace to persevere in our commitment to continue our journey with Francis towards the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. May we experience the support of the Church as we continue our growth in holiness. May the Lord continue to call many to be generous and to heed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to give themselves to God and live the consecrated life.
If you feel called to consecrate your life to God through the brotherhood of the Capuchin Franciscans, why not get in touch with Br. Terence our vocation director (Mobile: 086 323 0638 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)? Trust in the echoing words of Blessed John Paul II, "Be Not Afraid!"