The most important aspect about religious consecration and what it means to me is that it is a gift. Every baptized member of the Church is consecrated, set apart for God and now Christ has invited me to come even deeper as His Spouse, in a new and special way. It is not because of anything I have done or could do, because "apart from God, I can do nothing." As Christ died on the Cross out of a gratuitous love for us sinners, so too, He extends this gift of gratuitous love to me as the path He has planned for me for all eternity. This gift must be handled then with gratitude and prayer because it is a relationship. It is a relationship that says, "God is everything." I cannot take advantage of such a gift and so each day I want to witness to this merciful love of Christ, which He wants every person to receive as a gift.
We are a Catholic religious congregation of about 125 strong in the United States and about 1300 worldwide! God has blessed us with a special mission (or charism): to make visible the Merciful Love of Christ in our service.