A consecrated life is one that is
given to Jesus Christ and to others.
How is a call to consecrated life born? A call to consecrated life can be compared with a seed that is planted in soil, but that germinates only if the soil is fertile (cf. The Parable of the Sower: "And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold" (Lk 8:4-8). This soil is fertile when one has an open and welcoming attitude, when one's family is supportive or holds the same values, and when one is surrounded and supported by a significant faith community. Indeed, the example of the true witness of Jesus Christ has great appeal. It is under such conditions that the call to consecrated life grows in a person's heart. Is it possible that I might be called to leave everything to follow Jesus? Yes, it is. This is part of God's mysterious plan. He calls this person and that person to follow him in a distinct way, just as Jesus called his Apostles one by one, each in a distinct way. He continues today to call us, by our names, each to a particular vocation. "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide..." (Jn 15:16) Some people encounter Christ through an unexpected event (cf. Saint Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus) or through an experience of being filled suddenly with the Holy Spirit (cf. André Frossard's experience upon visiting a church, one that he described in his book, Dieu existe, je l'ai rencontré. If you are already having an internal dialogue with Jesus and feel the desire within to follow him in a radical way, perhaps you are being called to consecrate your life to him in a special way.
A consecrated life is a life that is given to Jesus Christ and to others and is characterized by:
- serving others, and
- community life.