Redemptoristine Nuns - Mother of Perpetual Help Monastery
Esopus, New York
Celebrating Consecrated Life
We join today in celebrating the gift of consecrated life to the Church and the world. It is wonderful to give attention to this particular vocation to which the Lord is still inviting many. It is just that there is so much competition for our attention, our time, our devotion. So we must continue to point to the reality of the invitation. In addition to praying for religious vocations, we must pray for growing faithfulness to our commitment to the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience in service to God, all people and all of creation.
A number of efforts point to the history and viability of consecrated life. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has sponsored the creation of an outstanding exhibit spotlighting religious life. Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America can currently be seen at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Later in the spring it will be in Cleveland and on September 24 arrive at Ellis Island Museum of Immigration in New York City.
Another educational tool created in service to American women religious is a CD set of lectures by a scholar from Syracuse University, Prof. Margaret Susan Thompson, Ph.D. History of Women Religious in the United States is availble from http://www.nowyouknowmedia.com/ 1-800-955-3904. We have been listening to this series at our noon meal.
Today at our Mass we and our visitors will offer the following prayer for vocations provide by the National Religious Vocation Conference. Join us is saying it as frequently as you can.
Prayer for Vocations
You show us the way that leads to everlasting life.
Through baptism you have called us
to proclaim the Good News.
Bless and strengthen those
who have made a commitment
of service in the Church.
Guide and give wisdom to those discerning their vocation.
Enrich our Church with dedicated
married and single people,
with deacons, priests,
and with people in consecrated life.
Filled with your Holy Spirit we ask this blessing that we,
your people, may follow Jesus, our Good Shepherd,
now and always, Amen.