NEWS & EVENTS
Reflection on ConsecratedLife - week 13
Thomas F. Dailey, OSFS - Director, Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DSU The "Difference" of Consecrated Life In his Message for Lent this year, Pope Francis rails against a "selfish attitude of indifference (that) has taken on global proportions." Reflecting on this message, Lent offers us an opportunity to consider again the difference that our Oblate consecrated life makes. On the universal level, the Pope speaks of the Church as a communion of saints, "not only because of her saints, but also because she is a communion in holy things: the love of God revealed to us in Christ and all his gifts" - in particular, the gift of His Word and Eucharist. Our Oblate consecrated life makes a difference here, as we believe the sacred liturgy to be "the sun of all spiritual exercises." Lent can be our opportunity to rededicate ourselves to celebrating the liturgy with fitting solemnity. On the local level, the Pope speaks of the Christian community in two key ways: united with the Church in heaven and engaging in the life of society. Our Oblate consecrated life make a difference at this level whenever we share the gift of that saintly tradition of our patron Francis de Sales and our founder Louis Brisson, and of all the Salesian saints. Lent can be our opportunity to rededicate ourselves to learning more about Salesian spirituality and devising new and varied ways to bring this wise and holy tradition to our world. Finally, on the personal level, the Pope speaks of the need for individuals to engaging in a "formation of the heart" that will make it steadfast, that will let itself be pierced, and that will give itself freely to others in need. Our Oblate consecrated life makes a difference in our hearts, as we seek to live and to grow into that "world of hearts" that so dominates the viewpoint of Salesian spirituality. Lent can be our opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the Sacred Heart, even more so than we do in our monthly consecration, so that we might open our hearts to others in love. Pope Francis reminds us all that "Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience." Our consecrated life is a response to that voice; by our lived example, we trouble the conscience of an indifferent world. By our Oblate life, in particular, we are called to live and share our distinct Salesian charism. it's our way, our only way, our cherished way, to make a difference.