By John Freund, CM on February 9, 2014
Francis: ‘Older religious offer wisdom, younger, vitality’
On Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated the 18th World Day for Consecrated Life highlighting the fact that at the center of Consecrated Life there is always Jesus.
Francis recalled the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple as a meeting between the young – Mary, Joseph and their infant – and the elders Simeon and Anna, “two characters who always attended the Temple.”
In his Homily at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica he made the point that in religious life each needs the other. Each brings certain vital charisms.
Then he want on to say this about religious life, which make special sense when viewed in a context of the Global North, which has been rich in vocations, but with far fewer today, and the Global South, where there are many new vocations but mcu less experience. Read more