Letter from the Congregation for Consecrated Life
In this very special Lent, and in light of the pandemic that is devastating our lives, Card. João Braz de Aviz and Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, are close to all consecrated men and women with a letter inviting us to intensify our prayer, but also not to miss offering concrete signs of closeness, respecting civil and ecclesial regulations.
Vatican City, 16 March 2020
Dear consecrated brothers and sisters,
The Lord is calling us to live this Lent of the year 2020 in a very special way, in a way that no one could think or imagine and that really requires each of us, to daily make decisive change in our style and mode of living.
Usually during Lent there are many charitable initiatives and important moments of prayer and reflection offered to prepare ourselves with a renewed and purified spirit for the Easter feasts and in our communities, moments of celebration and gatherings become more frequent. This year, however, we are called to live with strong faith, with the same intensity as always, but in completely different ways.
The most effective witness we can give is first of all a serene and committed obedience to what is demanded by those who govern us, both at the state and ecclesial level, to all that is disposed to safeguard our health, both as private citizens and as a community.