United States Conference of Secular institutes

Mountaineer – Spring 2024

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Secular Institutes

Dear Friends,
 “Caritas Christi Urget Nos.” The love of Christ urges us. As Saint Paul in his letter to the Corithinians (2 Cor. 5:14) expressed it, his great love of Christ compelled him to go out and proclaim to all the Gospel of Christ. It is for the love for Christ in the Eucharist and to “make Eucharistic missionaries emboldened with the flame of divine charity to be the hands, feet and heart of Christ in the world” (USCCB) that the Eucharistic Revival is taking place in parishes, schools, and dioceses, and culminating in Indian- apolis at the National Eucharistic Congress (NEC) in July. We, as conse- crated seculars, can give gratitude – perhaps more often in Lent – of our devotion to the Lord in this most extraordinary gift of Himself here and now waiting for us in the tabernacle or monstrance. This Eucharistic revival overlaps with the coming plans for the Jubilee Year for Consecrated Life, to be celebrated in the U.S. in February of 2025 and in Rome in October of 2025. The Pope announced this year as a Holy Year with special blessings but also because it is intended to promote holiness of life. At the end of the Pope’s letter, he invites us to make 2025 a great “symphony of prayer.” There will be more on this topic as we consider how we might participate in this in the coming months. As we travel on our Lenten path toward Calvary and Easter we give gratitude for our own life, for Life itself in the Eucharist and for our consecrated life. God’s blessing and peace on each and all.
 PS: Don’t forget to save the date for our annual conference: September 20-22, 2024 at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, CA.



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