Feb. 2-3 was World Consecrated Life Day. On Feb. 10, religious priests, brothers and sisters who are members of various religious congregations came together with the Bishop of the diocese of Paterson to celebrate this great gift to the Church. Religious life is a “radical living” of our baptismal call, making Jesus’ way of life our way of life. With great enthusiasm and joy, men and women who have consecrated their lives to the Lord continue to deepen their relationship with Jesus and with one another as they give credence to the faith given them in baptism and sealed in confirmation. Bishop Serratelli, Bishop of the Paterson Diocese prayed that the “great grace of Baptism [may] work to full effect” in us so that we will be able to spread God’s Kingdom with apostolic zeal to build up the Church of Christ. Pope Paul II, who inaugurated this Day of celebration Consecrated Life did so because of his belief that “consecrated life is at the very heart of the Church as a decisive element of her mission since it manifests the inner nature of Christian calling” (Quotes from The Beacon, The Newspaper of the diocese of Paterson, N.J., Feb. 14, 2013).