Committing one’s whole life to the things of God is a radical challenge in a culture that finds life-long commitment so difficult, says Bishop Fintan Gavin of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
Liturgy of Thanksgiving for Consecrated Life
Bishop Gavin was addressing the first ever gathering together of the members of religious orders who are based in the diocese.
Over 200 religious sisters, brothers and priests answered the bishop’s invitation to a prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, Cork, on Sunday to coincide with the worldwide Day for Consecrated Life.
“In these times when many people don’t seem to know the value of faith, religious are called to witness to the presence of God whose love is revealed and encountered in Jesus Christ,” Bishop Gavin said. “Religious are and must be men and women of prayer, who can lead others into prayer.”
Bishop Gavin blessed candles at the special prayer service and each community was invited to bring one back to their homes. The candles were lit from the Paschal Candle by students from local schools.
The singing at the Cathedral was led by the Choir of Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, and the bishop asked religious to witness their faith especially to young people today.
“Young people today need religious who by their detachment from power, wealth and pleasure attract young people to the unique joy and fulfilment which come from knowing Jesus Christ.”
After the liturgy, Bishop Fintan greeted all those present and refreshments were enjoyed in the Visitor Centre of the Cathedral.