Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A New Day is Dawning

Wake up the world with good tidings of great joy!
How often have we joined with others in singing:
" Let us build the the City of God… may our tears be turned into dancing"
with conviction in our hearts that we are in this great work together!  When we sing our song in communion with others, it seems to break forth into an Act of Hope, as we proclaim:
"A New Day is dawning for all those who weep."

As we enter into a New Year in the cycle of our lives within the Church this Advent, Pope Francis invites the whole Church to see the light that religious life has been, continues to be and will be in this Christed world which is breaking through as this New Day is Dawning.

Pope Francis has written a letter to all members of religious communities inviting deep reflection on the prophetic role religious life will play in waking up the whole Church, as we move forward 50 years after the second Vatican Council.

"Dear Brothers and Sisters in Consecrated Life.
I am writing to you as the Successor of Peter, to whom the Lord entrusted the task of confirming his brothers and sisters in faith (Luke 22:32). But I am also writing to you as a brother who, like yourselves, is consecrated to God. 
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".

Throughout the coming year we will reflect with you on the challenges of this letter.