“Thank you for taking part in this annual Archdiocesan Mass for Consecrated Life. It is an opportunity for me and for this local Church of Baltimore to recognize and give thanks for the rich and varied vocation to the consecrated life a vocation represented so well by each of you and by your communities. The charisms of your founders find expression in your many ministries that directly benefit and strengthen our fellow Catholics and the wider community. For all of this, and for so much more, please accept my heartfelt gratitude, coupled with my prayers for you and for your institutes. In a special way we honor those celebrating anniversaries of their religious profession, ranging from 25 years to 50, to 60, to 65, 70, 75, and even an 80th anniversary! Warmest thanks and congratulations!
“Due to a variety of scheduling complications, mostly of my doing, we come together deep into the season of Lent. Aside for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Lent has a somber, penitential character, as we journey toward the Cross and meditate frequently on the mystery of the Lord’s Passion and Death. With this in mind, we celebrate today a votive Mass in honor of ‘the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Foot of the Cross’. In fact, this Mass comes to us not from the general Roman Missal but rather from the Proper of Masses of the Order of the Servants of Mary. So, I hope that this votive Mass and its readings speak eloquently to you and to the vocation which you strive to live with generosity and joy.”
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