Myanmar Cardinal urged the consecrated persons to be prayer warriors, addressing the religious on the Consecrated Life Day, February 2, at Yangon Archbishop House in Myanmar.
“Religious are to be prayer warriors. Let us know how to wait with prayer although we do not know how the present crisis in the country will come to an end,” Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon Archdiocese said.
The Consecrated Life Day was celebrated with 102 participants from 23 different religious congregations in Myanmar.
“For what reason do we live? What sort of goal do we have? Why do we live here? Being alive without any purpose is burdening the earth,” Cardinal Bo reminded.
Reflecting on Anna and Simeon of the day’s Gospel, Cardinal Bo highlighted the lifelong waiting of Simeon and Prophetess Anna’s 84 years of waiting for the Lord.
“Hope sees the invisible. Hope sees the intangible. Hope achieves the impossible,” the cardinal stated.
He emphasized that those who wait upon the Lord renew their strength.
“Simeon waited to see the Messiah. A life of prayer and faithfulness to God’s law was important to him. His life was not for possession, not for power, not for rank and position, not for fame, not to be superior, not to be a bishop, but only for the Lord,” Cardinal Bo insisted.
The activities of the day included the Holy Mass, discussion, open forum, and adoration.
Answering one faithful’s comment on the youth’s early marriage without finishing their schools because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the military coup, the cardinal answered, “There are many priests and religious who have done their further studies in foreign lands. Instead of making use of their knowledge for the young people they blame the situation and stay without doing anything as if they are on pension.”
Parish priest of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Yangon, Father Hyginus Myint Soe, shared with the participants about the synod as “Journeying together and it is a journey.”
The priest highlighted, “The main purpose of Synod is to renew our congregation, community, and structure. Every renewal is a gift and a task. The Church will be able to learn through her experiences.”
The last part of the program on Consecrated Life Day was the discussion among the different Religious Congregations or groups sharing concerning with synodality, such as: listening, speaking out courageously, forming ourselves in Synodality and etc. - By Hubert Saw
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