God’s gift to the Church

As many Americans looked to Punxsutawney Phil today to find out if we must  endure another six weeks of winter (by the way, sorry to everyone who lives up north, but we nuns were praying for that – our habits really make us love cold weather), we religious were looking to Pope Francis, eager to hear his message on this World Day of Consecrated Life.  In his homily today, Pope Francis said the episode depicted in today’s Gospel (for the Feast of the Presentation) “constitutes an icon of the gift of their life made by those who, by a gift of God, assume the traits of Jesus as virgin, poor and obedient.”

Consecrated religious are very much in the mind of Pope Francis, he himself being a Jesuit.  Last November he visited a contemplative monastery and spent time with the nuns.  More recently, the media was abuzz when the Pope called a convent to wish the sisters a Continue reading