What is Consecrated Life? Vita Consecrata by John Paul II exhorts,
The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit. By the profession of the evangelical counsels the characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, poor and obedient one — are made constantly "visible" in the midst of the world and the eyes of the faithful are directed towards the mystery of the Kingdom of God already at work in history, even as it awaits its full realization in heaven. (1)
The Church teaches that first and foremost, it is a gift of the Father for the Church. It is a gift, in the Holy Spirit, for men and women to be able to imitate the life of Christ--chaste, poor, and obedient. These evangelical counsels allow consecrated men and women to witness the primacy of God in the world, even here and now.
The Diocese of Calgary, Canada have published this very inspiring video about consecrated men and women serving in their diocese, among them being our Sisters. We have been blessed to belong to the Diocese of Calgary for 53 years. We thank God for this gift, and we also thank and acknowledge Bishop McGrattan for allowing us to live our charism within his pastoral care.
Let us continue to pray for the gift of new vocations to the consecrated life, where more disciples might imitate the holy life of Christ--chaste, obedient, and poor.