2 Feb 2012

February 2nd - Various bits and pieces

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord but it is also the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life which was instituted by Pope John Paul II as a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life.  The Feast of the Presentation is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect light of Jesus Christ to all peoples.

If you have a moment you might say a prayer for those that pray for the world and serve as consecrated men and women, that they may be strengthened in their own vocation and "that the Lord of the harvest might send labourers to his vineyard".

A round up of interesting links from around the web looking at the Feast day:

Capuchian Franciscans Vocations blog - World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

La Vita Monastica (The Monastic Life) is a photographic study of the cloistered community of Benedictine nuns at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The roots of The Abbey of Regina Laudis, founded in 1947, have their origin in the ancient Abbey of Notre Dame de Jouarre, which was founded in the 7th century and is located northeast of Paris

 Sacred Space 102fm - last years post

egregious twaddle - "Let us be made radiant"

The New York Times - Figures of an Infant Jesus, dressed for a feast day

While it is speculative, Fr Dwight Longenecker has an interesting piece on the role of Simeon and Anna in the Temple - Monks and Nuns in the Temple.

The Anchoress has a lovely reflection and other links on the feast day - Illumination: Feast of the Presentation.

From Irish Dominican Vocations an unusual flashmob in Paris - Brothers & Sister Act.

iBenedictine - Candlemas and Consecrated Life

Blue Eyed Ennis - Candlemas Day and More on More on the Presentation

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