World Day of Consecrated Life Observed
Feb. 4, 2014
Over 150 religious, both men and women gathered, February 2, at Nirmala High School grounds to celebrate the World Day of Consecrated Life, (WDCL). The programme was led by Fr. Benny, SVD, the Director of Muttangi Divine Word Centre. Speaking of the religious, he said, God is pleased with their life of commitment as it signifies that by the religious consecration one belongs only to God, does the works of God and is a visible sign of God’s presence in the world.
The priest stressed that one needs to cleanse oneself of all useless sinful attractions in one’s life in order to be of special use to the Master. He traced the sixteen year long history of the celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life in the Church and the teachings of the three Popes who recommended the WDCL feast.
The day was also marked by a candle light procession, in honour of the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the candle mass tradition, as everyone present held a lighted candle in their hands and recommitted oneself to the service of the Lord in the Church according to the teachings of the Holy Father John Paul II, who instituted the feast in 1997 for the first time.
The celebration ended with a felicitation ceremony where the religious who celebrated various jubilees were felicitated.
Sr. Benigna Menezes
Source: CBCI website
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