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Why the Catholic Church Celebrates Consecrated Life

Celebrated annually on Feb. 2nd, the World Day for Consecrated Life is intended to “help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels,” as Pope John Paul II explained when implementing the day.

Within the Church, consecrated life points in a special way to heaven, as a sign of the mystery of the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ proposes the evangelical counsels to every Christian — and it is “the profession of these counsels, within a permanent state of life recognized by the Church, that characterizes the life consecrated to God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 915).

Consecrated life within the Church can take many different forms. While all are called to a life of prayer and penance for the glory of God and salvation of souls, some are called to a life of total seclusion from the world in solitude, such as hermits; others to a life of total seclusion in community, such a religious; and some to dedicate their lifes to God while continuing to live in the world, such as consecrated virgins.

What they all have in common is the obligation of practicing the three virtues of poverty, obedience and chastity in celibacy for the sake of the kingdom of God.

“What attracted me to religious life,” Dominican Father Jean-Gabriel Pophillat from the Roman Province of St. Catherine of Siena, told the Register, “was the radicality of it and the fact that you are giving yourself completely over to God as a sacrifice.”

Read more at National Catholic Register 

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