His Holiness, Pope Francis, has three objectives for the year of Consecrated Life
To be an occasion for gratefully remembering the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the conciliar decree on the renewal of consecrated life Perfectae Caritatis;
To be a time “embracing the future with hope … motivated by the certainty that the consecrated life will never disappear from the Church because ‘it was desired by Jesus himself as an irremovable part of his Church;’”
To “live the present passionately … bearing witness to the beauty of the sequela Christi (the following of Christ) in the many ways in which our lives are expressed…
‘The consecrated take up the witness that has been left them by their respective founders and foundresses,’he said. ‘They want to ‘awaken the world’ with their prophetic witness, particularly with their presence at the existential margins of poverty and thought, as Pope Francis asked their superior generals.’” Several initiatives and events will take place during the Year of Consecrated Life, which will begin this October to coincide with the anniversary of the promulgation of the conciliar constitution Lumen Gentium.
The Year’s official inauguration is planned with a prayer vigil on November 29, 2014, and Solemn Mass on November 30, 2014, the First Sunday of Advent. The Year will conclude on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.
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