If consecrated life remains steadfast in love for the Lord, it perceives beauty. It sees that poverty is not some colossal effort, but rather a higher freedom that God gives to us and others as real wealth. It sees that chastity is not austere sterility, but the way to love without possessing. It sees that obedience is not a discipline, but is victory over our own chaos, in the way of Jesus.
From the homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord for the 24thWorld Day for Consecrated Life
Vatican Basilica, Saturday, 1 February 2020
February 2 is the 25th World Day of Consecrated Life, a day of prayer to celebrate and honor the women and men who have chosen consecrated life. Pope Francis presided over the Eucharistic Celebration and delivered his homily on February 2 in St. Peter’s Basilica, at 5:30 p.m.
Read the letter to all consecrated persons from the Vatican (via UISG, the International Union Superiors General)
The National Religious Vocation Conference provides a series of resources, including links to past homilies
Register for the online reflection on consecrated life through the lens of Fratelli Tutti, with prayer, listening, and small group conversation (from CMSM, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men)