The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
2 February 2015
My dear Sisters,
As the entire Church rejoices on the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, I invite you to celebrate this unique day with gratitude and joy for the gift of our vocation to the Consecrated Life! This is the significant day to recall our personal meeting with Jesus and His invitation to leave behind all superficial worldly trappings in order to continue our faithful journey towards the future.
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 (cf. Lk 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.