|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.
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
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 13 young women make their consecration promises for the first time.|
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.
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.|
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...”
will not make mistakes if we love,” he said.
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.|
Mary into heaven, their lives were offered to Christ through
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
On August 30, in Rome, Italy, four more young
women-- one from France, one from Spain, and two from
Germany-- were also consecrated.
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