This month we celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life. Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter “To All Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life,” quoted Benedict XVI, who said, “It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but by attraction” (Evangelii Gaudium).
What does this mean? Whether we are speaking of the Church as a whole or of religious life, this suggests that if people see our joy they will desire to join us.
“Similarly,” Pope Francis adds, “the apostolic effectiveness of consecrated life does not depend on the efficiency of its methods. It depends on the eloquence of your lives, lives which radiate the joy and beauty of living the Gospel and following Christ to the full. . . . Radical evangelical living is not only for religious: it is demanded of everyone. But religious follow the Lord in a special way, in a prophetic way.”
Let us pray that whatever our vocation, we may live fully and radiantly the lives to which we are called.