by Fr. Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S., Regional Vocation Director
In 1997, Pope 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 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. –from www.usccb.org
Additional resources for World Day for Consecrated Life, including a printable prayer card, can also be found online.
As February 2, Candlemas Day falls on a Sunday this year, parishes are encouraged to celebrate the Blessing of Candles. We at St. James Catholic Community in Liberty, Missouri, are inviting parishioners to be a part of a candle drive. The candles we collect are melted and transformed into candles that can be given to the homeless for light and heat. Just one more way we are sharing the Light of Christ in our world.