Pope Francis has dedicated the year of 2015 to the year of “consecrated life.”
In future posts I will talk more about what this means for the laity, but for today I want to concentrate on nuns. They are the true epitome of “Mother Church.” They in their humble service, work behind the scenes never looking for recognition, but seeking to direct the faithful to Christ. Like Mary, the mother of God and the Church, they bring the feminine side of God that loves and nurtures. These past few years they have taken quite a beaten in the media tabloids and among their own peers fortunately, Pope Francis has spoken to the media on their behalf to say,
and rightfully so for, “where would we be without the nuns?”
They have formed schools and hospitals to educated our children and care for the sick and dying. Their charity work to the poor is unmatched by any other Church or Institution. They fight government leaders and those who try and take away our rights. They are leaders in a world that needs more of them. Today they are fighting for rights of those demoralized through immigration and human trafficking, as well as many other worthy causes of the poor in our societies. They are spiritual directors, counseling, social workers, writers, retreat directors and many, many, more areas that they serve in.
May we never lose sight of their important roles and remember to keep them in prayer. Prayer for new vocations and strength to carry on their work in a world that doesn’t completely understand their true value. May the words of Pope Francis inspire more support for them like St. Clare found in St. Francis.