Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. We commemorate that beautiful event when Jesus, still an infant, is offered at the Temple to indicate that He is God’s alone.
Apart from the feast, today is a special day for us since in 1997, St. Pope John Paul II instituted February 2 each year as a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life.
In the Seminaryo ng Don Bosco where I am currently residing, the brothers had a simple but meaningful ritual commemorating this event through a solemn lauds held in our community chapel. We lined up, and with our lit candles we processed two by two toward the sanctuary.
There is something extra in this ceremony since those among us who have desired to apply for the perpetual vows and sacred orders (diaconate and presbyteral) offered our letters and placed them on the altar.
Pope Francis, himself a religious, issued last year a letter for the observance of the Year of Consecrated Life. He says,
“Together let us thank the Father, who called us to follow Jesus by fully embracing the Gospel and serving the Church, and poured into our hearts the Holy Spirit, the source of our joy and our witness to God’s love and mercy before the world.”
Please keep us in your prayers so that we may be able to live up to his challenge to “wake up the world” and radiate the “Joy of the Gospel” to a world ravaged by the ugliness of sin.