Pope at Sunday audience: CWN – February 03, 2014
Pope Francis challenged his Sunday public audience. “It is unimaginable!”
Calling attention to the 18th Day of Consecrated Life, the Pope asked “what would happen if there were no nuns in hospitals, no nuns in missions, no nuns in schools.”
In his reflection on the day’s Gospel reading, which retold the story of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, the Pope said that the incident is “an icon of the giving of their lives by those who, through a gift of God, take on the typical traits of Jesus, chaste, poor, and obedient.” While all Christians are consecrated to God through Baptism, he said, religious take on a special role:
Totally consecrated to God, they are totally consigned to their brethren, to bring the light of Christ there where the darkness is densest and to spread His hope in the hearts of the disheartened.