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Monday, 20 July 2015 08:49

Living the consecrated life

Sr Christa Murphy ssps 150Through accepting the gift of our Christian faith, we are all invited to live our consecration wherever our lives may take us, writes Sister Christa Murphy ssps.

If our God became ‘one of us’ in Jesus for any reason at all, it was to tell us as unambiguously as possible who we truly are and what we can become. From the very first moment of existence, each of us is truly a son or daughter of God. Each of us comes into being through the loving breath, the Holy Spirit, of our Creator God, Who IS Life and Love.

“Your imperishable spirit is in everything”. “Our DNA is divine!”

Living life as a ‘consecrated woman’ for more than fifty years, I have come to realise this tremendous Truth more deeply. Consecrate means ‘to make sacred /holy’ and we are this from the very beginning. We can only lose this sacredness through deliberate rejection of our giftedness.

So, what happens to us at our Baptism? We come into a Community of Faith that knows this Truth and wants to help us live it out. At his Baptism, Jesus, as a believing Jew, surrendered himself to the God he had come to know. The Holy Spirit “came upon him”, and he heard his own tremendous Truth: “You are my Beloved Son”. The Spirit within him overwhelmed him; people followed Jesus, marvelled at him, came to believe in him, shared him with others, and even died for him.

Through Baptism, the Community of those who publicly follow Jesus offer to all who desire it a share in this experience of Jesus - and the sacredness that is ours from the beginning is publicly affirmed and accepted. YOU truly are my beloved son / daughter.

When preparing to make our Religious Vows, we came to realise a profound truth. Our call was not to be set-apart from, or better than, our brothers and sisters.

It was rather to depth our Baptismal consecration and bear witness among the human family to “the Hope to which we are all called”. And the source of that Hope is our innate sacredness, brought to light for us by Jesus, our Brother and Lord. We are all “born of God, sons and daughters of the Most High”.

Through accepting the gift of our Christian faith, we are invited to live our consecration wherever our lives may take us. Personally, I am tremendously grateful to have been called to live it out as a Servant of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit within us who makes us who we are, and who enables us to grow into the fullness to which we are all called. And I believe it is our particular Charism to help awaken our sisters and brothers to the treasures of the Spirit deep within every member of the human family – treasures that are enhanced through Faith in Jesus and acceptance of Baptism.

God’s life-giving breath of holiness/goodness longs to ‘come more alive’ in each of us - and through us, in our world; longs to melt us and mould us more and more into the image of Jesus; longs to fill us and use us to share his tenderness, mercy, healing; longs for us to spread the Good News of a loving Father/Mother God who breathed us into existence, created each of us as precious, and waits with open arms to draw us Home forever.

Holy Sacred Spirit, breathe your breath on us. Holy Sacred Spirit, breathe your life in us!

This article was first published in the Pentecost 2015 issue of Whispers of the Spirit, the newsletter of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters of Australia.

Read more about the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters in Australia.