In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples.
Please pray for our consecrated religious and ask the Lord to call more men and women to this holy life.
O God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through
the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
We give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of Faith and models of inspiration.
Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you.
Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.