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Celebrating Consecrated Life, Asia

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The Closing of the Year of Consecrated Life

Sr. Anna Angelica Tran

 

2015 is a year dedicated to Consecrated Life and the whole year is full of Grace of God for all the consecrated people.

In Taiwan, the official closing of the Year of Consecrated Life was held on February 3rd, 2016 at Taichung Stella Matutina Girls’ High School. More than 500 consecrated people including Bishops, priests, Sisters and Laities from 7 Diocese participated in this gathering of Communion. With gratitude, they shared their experiences in this way of life

12 SMICs from Kaohsiung and Tainan participated in this whole day’s activity. It was hosted by the Taiwan Bishops Conference and the Association of Catholic Religious in Taiwan.

From the sharing, I admire the life-giving strength of consecrated life, and are grateful that in nowadays rich society, there are still a group of people would consecrated their beautiful life for the kingdom of God. I also perceive that although the charism of each congregation are different, all of the religious are willing to empty themselves to work together to continue the tasks entrusted by our God.

It was also pleasant to see the reunion of so many old friends, the laughter of recalling those hard working years they have spent together and stories to remember. Everyone went home with smile of gratitude and content. So I realized that consecrated life is not because of seeing through the emptiness of the mortal world and to live a dull life; instead, there are so many wonderful matters waiting for me to search and to be challenged. A life full of flavor is waiting for me to taste and savor.

 

Let us pray and support for each other that in one faith and love of God, we step forward together for the kingdom of God.

 

 

 

 

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Global Celebration of Consecrated Life

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  The Vatican Logo

by the  Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated life and Societies of apostolic life

Consecrated Life in today’s Church Gospel, Prophecy, Hope.

Presentation of the Logo for the ‘Year of Consecrated Life’

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The Logo

Consecrated life in today’s Church Gospel, Prophecy, Hope.

A dove supports on one wing a polyhedral globe, and while resting on the water, it safeguards with the other wing three stars that arise from the water.

The Logo for the Year of Consecrated Life expresses through symbols the fundamental values of consecrated life. In it we recognize the “unceasing work of the Holy Spirit, who in every age shows forth the richness of the practice of the evangelical counsels through a multiplicity of charisms. In this way too he makes ever present in the Church and in the world, in time and space, the mystery of Christ” (VC 5).

In the lines that outline the form of the dove one can intuit the word ‘Peace’ in Arabic: this is a reminder that consecrated life is called to be the model for universal reconciliation in Christ.

The symbols of the Logo

The dove on the water

The dove is the classical symbol of the action of the Holy Spirit, who is the source of life and the inspirer of creativity. This is a flash-back to the origin of history: in the beginning the Spirit of God moved on the waters (cf Gen 1,2). The dove, gliding above a sea swollen with yet unexpressed life, symbolizes a patient and hope-filled fecundity, while the symbols around it reveal the creative and renewing action of the Spirit. The dove also evokes the consecration of the humanity of Christ through baptism.

The waters are made of mosaic fragments; they indicate the complexity and the harmony of the human and cosmic elements that are made to “groan” by the Spirit according to God’s mysterious plans (cf Rom 8, 26-27) so that they may converge into the hospitable and fruitful encounter that leads to a new creation. The dove flies among the waves of history, above the waters of the deluge (cf Gen 8, 8-14). The men and women, whose consecration was marked by the Gospel, have always been pilgrims among the nations; they live their various charismatic and diaconal presence like “good administrators of the multiform grace of God” (1Pt 4,10); they are marked by the Cross of Christ, even unto martyrdom; they journey through history equipped with the wisdom of the Gospel; indeed, a Church that embraces and heals all that is human in Christ.

The three stars

These stand for the identity of consecrated life as confessio Trinitatis, signum fraternitatis e servitium caritatis. They express the circular relationships found in the Trinitarian love, which consecrated life is called to live daily in the world. The stars also hint to the triple halo used in the Byzantine iconography to honor Mary, the Mother of God, the first Disciple of Christ and model and patron of every consecrated life.

The polyhedral globe

The small polyhedral globe symbolizes the planet with its myriad variety of nations and cultures, as explained by Pope Francis (cf EG 236). It is the breath of the Spirit that sustains it and leads it towards the future: an invitation to all consecrated persons “to become bearers of the Spirit (pneumatophoroi), authentically spiritual men and women, capable of endowing history with hidden fruitfulness” (VC 6).

The Headword

Vita consecrata in Ecclesia hodie Evangelium, Prophetia, Spes

(Consecrated life in today’s Church Gospel, Prophecy, Hope.)

The headword provides a further highlighting of the identity and prospective, experience and ideals, grace and journey that consecrated life has lived through and is still living within the Church as people of God, as it journeys together with the different nations and cultures toward the future.

Evangelium: this indicates the fundamental rule of consecrated life, which is the “sequela Christi as taught by the Gospel” (PC 2a). First of all as “a living memorial of Jesus’ way of living and acting” (VC 22), and then as vital wisdom in the light of the multiple counsels that the Lord gave to his disciples (cf LG 42). The Gospel shows the way ahead and is a source of joy (EG 1).

Prophetia: reminds us of the prophetic character of consecrated life, which “takes the shape of a special form of sharing in Christ’s prophetic office, which the Holy Spirit communicates to the whole People of God” (VC 84). This is an authentic prophetic ministry that is born from the Word and is nourished by the Word of God when this is welcomed and lived out in the various circumstances of life. This function is carried out through courageous denunciation and in announcing new ‘visits’ by God; also, “through the exploration of new ways to apply the Gospel in history, in expectation of the coming of God’s Kingdom” (ibid.).

Spes: reminds us of the ultimate fulfillment of the Christian mystery. We are living through an era that is characterized by widespread uncertainties and a lack of projects with a long-term vision: hope is needed in a context of cultural and social fragility, at a time when the horizon is dark because “it often seems that the signs of God’s presence have been lost from sight” (VC 85). Consecrated life is permanently projected toward the eschatology: it witnesses that every hope will eventually have its definite fulfillment, and transforms the waiting “in work and mission, that the Kingdom may become present here and now” (VC 27). As a sign of hope consecrated life needs to be close to people and to show mercy; to be a paradigm of a future free from all kinds of idolatry.

Encouraged by the charity that the Holy Spirit pours in our hearts” (Rm 5,5) the consecrated persons are therefore called to embrace the universe and to become a memorial of the Trinitarian love, catalysts of communion and unity, praying sentries on the peak of history, and to become one with humanity in its anxieties and in its silent search for the Spirit.

The artist that designed the Logo for the Year of the Consecrated Life

The creation of the Logo for the Year of the Consecrated Life was entrusted to the artist CARMELA BOCCASILE of the Dellino Art Studio, founded in 1970 (Bari – Rome, Italy) by Lillo Dellino and Carmela Boccasile.

 

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Prayer solicited

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“I give thanks to my God always, remembering you in my prayers, as I hear of the love and faith you have in the Lord Jesus…(Philemon 14,5)

 

As brothers and sisters created in  our Father’s love, we share one another’s joys and sorrows.   

Be assured that you are united with us and in faith you will get through the rough spots of the journey.

 If you wish, contact us with your specific requests.

 

 

May some of the following prayers assist you during this difficult time.  (prayer list)

 

A Healing Prayer

Peace Prayer of St. Francis

The Praises of God

Prayer of Repentance

Salve Regina

The Memorare

The Mysteries of the Rosary

For times of loss and deep grief

For healing

 

 

 

 

Listen to this heartfelt prayerful musical rendition by Helen Sjoholm

This inspirational music may touch your heart

 

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Powerful Prayer for Healing

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Powerful Prayer for Healing

Jesus,

With just one touch from your Almighty creative hand,
You have healed the sick and raised the dead.
How amazing is your Lordship over all the earth,
How powerful is your redeeming love.
How great was your sacrifice to go before us and bring forgiveness and hope.
By your strips I ask for healing.
Standing within your reign and rule I ask for restoration.
May life and wellness grow in fullness until it overflows.

Amen.

(a modern prayer for healing from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

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Mysteries of the Rosary

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The Mysteries of the Rosary

To meditate while reciting the Our Father and 10 Hail Mary’s.

 

 

 

 

 

Joyful Mystery of the Rosary (Monday & Saturday)
I. The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
II. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
III. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
IV. The Presentation of our Lord
V. Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12

Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary (Tuesday & Friday)
I. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
II. The Scourging at the Pillar
III. Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
IV. Jesus Carried the Cross
V. The Crucifixion of our Lord

Glorious Mystery of the Rosary (Wednesday & Sunday)
I. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
II. The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
III. The Descent of the Holy Ghost
IV. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
V. Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth

Luminous Mystery of the Rosary (Thursday)
I. The Baptism in the Jordan
II. The Wedding at Cana
III. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
IV. The Transfiguration
V. The Institution of the Eucharist

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MEMORARE

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MEMORARE

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,

implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,

I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother;

to you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

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Salve Regina

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Salve Regina – Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary

Pray for us O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

hermann of reichenau

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