March 9, 2016: A special prayer to celebrate women religious

March 9, 2016 by

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Our God, we thank you for the various ways you call us to be one with You. Whether married, single, ordained or vowed religious, you exhort each of us to be doers of Your Word and not hearers only.

During this National Catholic Sisters Week, we are especially mindful of the women religious who consecrate their lives in poverty, celibacy and obedience. You give them the courage and the freedom to live differently so that through their prayers and works those who live in poverty and despair can experience justice and hope. It is Your love and grace that inspire them. It is their joy and total generosity that inspire us. Their contemplative lives and apostolic ministries in education, health care, social work, catechesis, and social justice serve those in need regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or geographic boundaries. They are a “global sisterhood” whose network of prayer and works call all of us to a broader and deeper understanding of our responsibility for the betterment of our world community.

May their powerful stories ignite the hearts of other girls and women to answer your call and follow the way of consecrated life. May religious life abound in vitality so that the boundless power of your love and care be known more and more throughout our world. No matter what pathway we choose, all of us are called to be poor in spirit, faithful in heart and obedient to Your Love. Awaken in each of us a deeper commitment to our own calling, so that we can respond in union with You and with them, our Sisters, in awakening our world. Amen.

~ Sister Rosemarie Nassif

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