February 2, 2020
We are all consecrated to God by our Baptism, but some are called to follow Jesus in a special way – to consecrate their lives entirely to Him. If the Holy Spirit should call you in a special way to consecrate your life entirely to Him, listen, pray and have faith. Let God act in you.
- John Paul said the consecrated life is willed by Jesus Christ Himself and that He Himself has inspired this form of life in the Church.
- John Mary believes that often times, the Lord plants vocation seeds in the early stages of life when less distractions, confusion and temptations are present.
- Consecrated life is marked by CHASITY which is a call to intimacy that only God can fill, OBEDIENCE or cooperation to whatever God desires of us, and POVERTY to renounce wealth and ownership so that everything that He has given us can be at His service.
- One of the biggest dangers in consecrated life is spiritual pride, so the Lord needs to lead them into humility and interior poverty.
- Mysterious trials of faith such as a sense of rejection from God, dry barren interior life, dark night of the soul, obscurity and confusion are some interior trials that the Lord can lead us to.
- This interior desert trial is emptying of our interior, letting us experience our poverty, weakness, sinfulness and misery.
- Pray for those who have been called to consecrated life that they will be faithful to the Lord.
The Feast of the Presentation has always been a special day for consecrated communities of consecrated life. St John Paul had also proclaimed this the “World Day for Consecrated Life.” St. Paul says that the Church is a body and so the body’s health depends on the health of each one of its members. All of us have different vocations which are to help each other in the body. So, the consecrated life is one of these important vocations in the Church. This life was marked by what’s called the evangelical councils of poverty, chastity and obedience.
In the homily, Father John Mary relates his personal experience in being called to be with the Lord, how he received the message to start the Mission of Divine Mercy and he provides biblical and modern-day examples of Saints who followed God’s call. He reminds us that through Baptism, each one of us is consecrated to the Lord, and this day is a day to pray for all those who are being called to the Lord to be faithful to that call.