(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued a letter for the Year of Consecrated Life, which will start throughout the universal Church on the first Sunday of Advent, 30 November. The observance will end on the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, 2 February 2016.
In his message, the Pope underlined the aims of the Year of Consecrated Life, namely to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion and to embrace the future with hope.
Listen to the report by Laura Ieraci:
I. AIMS OF THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE
1. Institutes of consecrated life will look to the past with gratitude…
2. To live the present with passion…
3. To embrace the future with hope
II. EXPECTATIONS FOR THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE
1. We are called to know and show that God is able to fill our hearts to the brim with happiness; that we need not seek our happiness elsewhere; that the authentic fraternity found in our communities increases our joy; and that our total self-giving in service to the Church, to families and young people, to the elderly and the poor, brings us life-long personal fulfillment.
2. I am counting on you “to wake up the world”, since the distinctive sign of consecrated life is prophecy.
3. “to make the Church the home and the school of communion”
4. I also expect from you what I have asked all the members of the Church: to come out of yourselves and go forth to the existential peripheries. “Go into all the world”…
5. I expect that each form of consecrated life will question what it is that God and people today are asking of them.
Read the full text of Pope Francis’ letter for Year of Consecrated Life, Official English translation