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“Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life”

The Church celebrates the Year of Consecrated Life in 2015 (from November 21, 2014 to February 2, 2016).  Pope Francis made this declaration at the end of the year 2013. He once again reminds us that consecrated life is a way of life indispensable in the Church.  The people of God, as well as the big family of mankind, need this group of religious people.  The Pope gives men and women living consecrated lives a great mission:  “Wake Up the World!”

        Our Lord Jesus Christ asks each of us to “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mathew 5: 48) This request is for all of us. So, let us together pursue the same ideal, which is to become daughters and sons of God, although there are various ways of achieving this goal.  One way, which is the responsibility of us all, is by observing the Ten Commandments of God.  Following the Ten Commandments of God is our duty in life. Moreover, another way to be perfect is through the way of the Gospel, “the evangelical counsels” (consilia evangelica).  The Christian faith not only commands people to do things but it also persuades people to do them.  To keep the commandments of God is a moral obligation of each person.  To observe the evangelical counsels is a choice of those who are fervent, generous and courageous.

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2015 Pastoral Letter from the Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference