We discovered last week that we, as baptised people are a Consecrated people, belonging to God. Belonging not just anybody but to God. Yes, this is a very reassuring thought isn’t it? So what then is Consecrated Life?
Well, consecrated life is when you live your life for God, well that’s easy, anyone can do that! But, in a very special way Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Monks and Nuns live their lives for God. To these consecrated people, God is everything, Jesus is their one goal in life and doing Jesus’ will is their only aim. We must remember though that all Priests, Sisters and Brothers are still human and can make mistakes. We all are striving for sainthood and holiness together.
Consecrated people are made over to the services of God and neighbour, their lives are centred on Jesus. They make three vows Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, they tell the world, like St Paul, “It is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me.”
This means that the Consecrated person tries to live, being constantly aware of the presence of Jesus within them.
- · Being poor, does not always means going hungry, but trusting that God will provide for all their needs.
- · Being chaste, means having one’s mind centred on God. This also means that they, for the sake of God’s kingdom and His Glory remain single, taking neither husband nor wife and have no children.
- · Being obedient, does not mean that the Consecrated person acts as a robot, doing what they are told, No! It is that they allow God’s will for their lives to be made known to them through their Abbess, Abbot, Bishop or Superior.
The Consecrated try to carry out all for the Glory of Jesus’ name. We can all do this but a Mum or Dad and even you will probably need to think about more worldly things, like your family and school. A Consecrated Life, a Religious Life is centred on Jesus and this enables them to see our world in the light of Jesus.
Each one of us is called to live a special life and live it for Jesus and with Jesus. It may be in Marriage, Religious Life, Priesthood or Single Life, whatever it is, Jesus should be at the centre, so that we can grow in love daily and not be selfish. Jesus should be our all.
In this year of Consecrated Life, let’s remember especially all those who live the vows of Poverty Chastity and Obedience.
Next week we will meet Br Teilo the monk, and see how he lives his Consecrated Life. Until then, remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.