Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal: Living ‘for the sake of the kingdom’ is at the heart of consecrated life

On Saturday 1st February, Cardinal Vincent celebrated the annual Mass for Consecrated Life at Westminster Cathedral ahead of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

In addition to concelebrating religious order priests, men and women from a number of religious congregations and in consecrated life present in the Diocese of Westminster were in attendance. 

Looking at the example of Simeon and Anna in the day’s Gospel reading, he explained in his homily that, like Simeon and Anna, those in consecrated life ‘live more explicitly “for the sake of the kingdom”. It is at the heart of our consecration.’ 

He examined more closely two aspects of this witness. The first is the ‘calling to live the virtue of chastity in a celibate way of life,’ explaining that ‘it only makes sense if our eyes are set on the fulfilment of life in the Kingdom that is still to come.’ 

‘This is a witness that is rich both in tradition and in promise,’ he added. ‘It is a way of life that draws us closer to [Christ] and gives us the joy that only he can instil in our hearts.’ 

The second aspect ‘is the way we understand and approach the inescapable reality of bodily death’. 

‘We see death as an approaching new life,’ he affirmed. 

‘We pray for a death filled with light,’ he said. ‘We accompany others in their moments of dying with this same spirit. We seek to love and pray them into the light. We try to witness to this light in our daily living.’ 

The Mass took place on the last day of the Scripture Road Show, taking place in the Cathedral as part of the ‘The Year of the Word’. Many took the opportunity to visit the Tents of Meeting after Mass.

Latest news
  • Parishioners at Our Lady of Lebanon Church in London (Mazur/ prays for people of Beirut

    Following the devastating industrial blast in Beirut on Tuesday 4 'I watched with deepening horror the unfolding news of the dreadful industrial explosion in the centre of your beloved Beirut. The widespread devastation it has caused has brough...

  • Cardinal welcomes announcement on resuming collective worship

    Cardinal Vincent welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement on 23 'As Catholics we now look forward to being able to celebrate Mass together again from 4 'It is important that we continue to abide by the guidance, given by the Government, on app...

  • Cardinal and Archbishop Welby pray together on first day of church opening

    On Monday 15th June, to mark the reopening of churches for individual prayer, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby prayed together in Westminster Cathedral and Abbey to mark this 'moment of grace,' as the Cardinal sai...