Irish Logo for Year of Consecrated Life

The logo for the Year of Consec­rated Life - designed by the painter Carmela Boccasilc, who works wilh her husband, Lillo Dellino, and son, Dario - expresses through symbols the fundamental values of religious consecration.  Re igious consecration recognizes the  "unceasing work of the Holy Spirit, who in every age shows forth the richness of the practice  of  the   evangelical   counsels through a multiplicity of charisms.  In this way too he makes ever present in the Church and in the world, in time and  space, "moving over the water" (Gen 1:2). The dove, gliding over a sea swelling with unexpressed life, recalls patient and trusting fruitfulness, while the signs which surround it reveal the creative and renewing action of the Spirit. The dove further evokes the consec­ration of the humanity of Christ in baptism.

                       The graphic depicts a dove, which has an outline similar to the Arabic word for "peace'', recalling that the vocation to consecrated life is to be an example of universal reconciliation in Christ. The dove is a tradi­ tional symbol portraying  the  action of the Holy Spirit as  the  source of life and inspiration of creativity. It recalls the beginning  of  history: when "the Spirit of God was moving according to God's mysterious   plan" (cf. Rom 8:26-27) as  they  meet  in the hospitable and fruitful encounter which brings about new creation.  Among the waves  of  history,  the dove moves over the waters (cf. Gen 8:8-14). Consecrated men and  women is  the sign of the Gospel, ever pilgrims among the peoples that live their charismatic  and diaconal diversity  as  "good  stewards  of  God's varied grace" (1 Pet 4:Rom); marked by the Cross  of Christ even until martyrdom, they live history with the wisdom of the Gospel, the Church that embraces and heals all that is human  in  Christ.

The  three  stars  recall  the  identity of  consecrated  life  in  the  world  as corifessio  Tiinitatis, ftatemitatis and servitium  caritatis. These phrases express  the circularity  and  the  relationality of the   Trinitarian love which  consecrated  l ife  seeks to  live every day in  the world. The stars are also  a  symbol  of  the golden  Triune seal   with   which   Byzantine   iconography  honours  Mary,  the  all  holy mother  of  God,  the  first  disciple of (n. 236). The breath of the Spirit sustains and leads it  towards  the future:  an invitation to  consecrated men and women "to become  bearers of the Spirit (pneumatophoroz), authentically spiritual men and  women, capable of  endowing  history with hidden fruitfulness" (Vita con­ secrata, n. 6).

The  phrase  Vita consecrata  in Ec­clesia hodic. Evangelium, proph etia spes places further emphasis on identity and horizons, experience and ideals, grace and the path that consecrated life has lived and continues to live in  the  Church  as the  People of God, in the pilgrimage of the nations and cultures,  toward  the  future.



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