Let God arise and His enemies be scattered and let those who hate Him flee before His Holy Face!
Our appearance in public is an eschatological sign..., bringing with it... the obligation to preach the joy and peace of the Gospel, sometimes by word, sometimes in prayer, but always by example and the religious habit. ~ MSSR Constitutions
The witness of religious life, as an intimate living of the life of Christ, is a strong manifestation of the primacy of God and central place of love of God in human life. This witness is manifested first by who we are as consecrated persons, externally by what we wear and how we work, and finally by what we do - our public apostolates.
The Blessing of the Candles
Filled with holy joy. radiant with the mystic light, excited, like the venerable Simeon, by the impulse of the Holy Spirit - the Church goes forth to meet her Emmanuel. The Church wield imitate that wondrous Procession, which was formed in the Temple of Jerusalem the day of Mary's Purification. Let us listen to St. Bernard:
February: The Passion of Our Lord