The year 2015 is dedicated to the consecrated life. Pope Francis explained, “A radical approach is required of all Christians, but religious persons are called upon to follow the Lord in a special way: They are men and woman who can awaken the world,” the Pope said. “Consecrated life is prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to ‘domesticate’ them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord.” I know that many young people are not even considering the vocation of marriage-let alone the vocation of consecrated life. The secular culture has a huge influence on young people at a time when they are considering their future. I don’t see that they have many good role models. Further the Catholic Culture we knew grewing up has all but vanished. Saint Pope John Paul II reached out to youth and encouraged both marriage and the consecrated life.He knew they were the future of the Church. While the world is calling you;we can ask. Is God calling you? If He is calling you to the consecrated life-to make the sacrifice-it is going to be joyful. The world can’t offer this kind of joy. Here is a test to see if a vocation in the consecrated life is for you. It can’t hurt to take it. http://www.testyourcalling.org/ Our Lady of the Angels monastery in Alabama has a website dedicated to vocations. http://olamnuns.com/vocations.html The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also has a website dedicated to vocations in the consecrated life: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/consecrated-life/year-of-consecrated-life/index.cfm Sarah at the enclosure doors. She said the formula: Reverend Mother Abbess and holy community, I humbly beg you to receive me into your community. Then she began to weep. Poor Clare Colettines Barhamsville, VA
Our Lady of the Angels Monastery Cloistered Nun in Hanceville Alabama
LIttle Sisters of the Consolation
they give their entire life to God
Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus
nun and novice,Discalced Carmelite
Discalced Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Cross
The monstrance which is used to carry the Blessed Sacrament is one of six that were blessed by Pope John II before his death to mark the celebration of the Year of the Eucharist.