What follows are a few extracts from the Pope’s video message at the prayer vigil to begin the Year of Consecrated Life. There are some amazing phrases in it! It seems to me that this message is for all women and men who are committed to spreading the Gospel. I’ve posted the phrases that struck me as I read it. I wonder what will strike you?
“ I repeat to you today what I have said at other times: “Awake the world! Awake the world!”
Put Christ at the center of your existence. The essential norm of your life being to “follow Christ as taught by the Gospel” (Perfectae Caritatis, 2), consecrated life consists essentially in personal adherence to Him.
And, with Christ, begin always from the Gospel! Assume it as a way of life and translate it into daily gestures marked by simplicity and coherence, thus overcoming the temptation to transform it into an ideology. The Gospel will keep your life and mission “young,” and it will render it timely and attractive. May the Gospel be the solid terrain where you advance with courage. Called to be “living exegesis” of the Gospel, may that be, dear consecrated, the fountain and ultimate reference of your life and mission.
Come out of your nest to the fringes of the man and woman of today! Therefore, let yourselves be encountered by Christ. The encounter with Him will drive you to encounter others and will lead you to the neediest, to the poorest. Reach the fringes that await the light of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium, 20). Inhabit the frontiers.
Dear brothers and sisters: presented before you are many challenges, but these exist to be surmounted. “Let us be realistic, but without losing joy, audacity and dedication full of hope! Let us not be robbed of the missionary force! (Evangelii Gaudium, 109)