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30 Young Women Say Yes
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This summer, 13 young women consecrated their lives to God in the Regnum Christi Movement, while an additional 17 renewed their promises.

Two years after their initial consecration, the women make their solemn renewal of promises.
Two years after their initial consecration, the women make their solemn renewal of promises.

Greenville, RI. On August 15, 2008, the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, a total of 30 young women pledged their lives to serve Christ and his Church in the ranks of the Regnum Christi Movement. Their lives are living proof that God still calls.

Their vocation is a unique one: they are lay women who are totally consecrated to God through their promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

On their first consecration day, they offer Christ all that they are and have. Two years later, they renew those promises and receive a ring, which they wear as an outward symbol of their consecration to Christ, their spouse.

This year, 13 young women took that first step of saying “yes” to God’s call, while an additional 17 renewed their promises.

The ceremony took place in the parish church of St Philip’s, in Greenville, Rhode Island, less than half a mile
The 13 young women make their consecration promises for the first time.
The 13 young women make their consecration promises for the first time.
away from the formation center, Mater Ecclesiae. The church was packed to capacity with families, friends, consecrated women, local Regnum Christi members, and neighbors from the surrounding community.

The main celebrant of the Mass was Fr Alvaro Corcuera, LC, the general director of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi. An additional 6 priests concelebrated, including Fr Michael Houser, the brother of one of the consecrated women renewing her promises and the uncle of another who was getting consecrated.

Those present commented on the beauty of the ceremony, from the “angelic singing” to the atmosphere of joy and faith that was felt in the air.

During the offertory of the Mass, the newly consecrated and renewed women processed up the center aisle of the church, each holding a host to symbolize the offering of their lives. As one young woman after another came forward and placed her host on the paten, Fr Alvaro thanked her personally for the gift of her life to God.

As the 13 women knelt down and, radiant with joy, read their promises for the first time, their parents smiled through their tears.

During the homily, Fr Alvaro said, “You are giving your lives, and that´s a great miracle of God.  And you are giving your lives because you want to be always with him.  And most important, he wants to be with you always.” He also thanked the families for teaching their daughters to love the will of God.

He reflected with them on the meaning
Fr Alvaro Corcuera, LC, was the main celebrant at the Mass.
Fr Alvaro Corcuera, LC, was the main celebrant at the Mass.
of obedience, poverty, and purity as a way to follow Christ, who was obedient, poor, and chaste.

“We are called to be poor.  And to be poor is to have everything because if we don´t have anything, we have him.  And when we have nothing, we give the only treasure we have in our hearts: we give love, we give Christ,” he said.

He concluded with these words, which hold true for every Regnum Christi member:

“The final exam, the final day of our lives, there is going to be just one question: Did you love?  To be apostles of the good: to think well, to speak well, to love always...”

“We will not make mistakes if we love,” he said.

“Even if we make mistakes—and we are going to make them, we are going to fall down many times; we are not here because we are angels, we are sinners... But we love, and we look to Mary, and when we see her, everything will go fine.”

After the consecrations and renewals, the families spent the day together with their daughters, and returned to the formation center for a solemn rosary in the afternoon. On the feast of the Assumption of
During the ceremony, each newly consecrated woman received a crucifix from Fr Alvaro. This crucifix is to be their only possession.
During the ceremony, each newly consecrated woman received a crucifix from Fr Alvaro. This crucifix is to be their only possession.
Mary into heaven, their lives were offered to Christ through her hands.

On August 16, in Monterrey, Mexico, an additional 46 young women confirmed their “yes” to God: 30 young women consecrated their lives to God, while 16 renewed their promises.

On August 30, in Rome, Italy, four more young women-- one from France, one from Spain, and two from Germany-- were also consecrated.

To learn more about the vocation to the consecrated life, click here or view the video.


FECHA DE PUBLICACIÓN: 2008-09-04


 
 

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