Mass for the Consecration to a Life of Virginity
On Thursday, January 21, 2010, the Most Rev. George Niederauer, Archbishop of San Francisco celebrated Mass at Nativity and consecrated Margaret Flipp, our parishioner. The following are her comments after the ceremony:
"Nearly a year ago I read an article in the Catholic San Francisco newspaper about a consecrated virgin. This re-awakened a long-standing desire to be consecrated myself. Though I had lived most of my life in a vow of virginity as a Poor Clare sister, I wanted MORE! During my candidacy I followed interior inspirations to rid myself of possessions that seemed incompatible with this hoped-for state of life. My prayer life increased greatly, and I began very frequent Reconciliations. My spiritual director and a consecrated virgin mentored me. I read and prayed much about consecrated virginity: its benefits and responsibilities. My longing grew more and more. The day of my consecration was perfect and I didn't want it to end. I prayed for everyone and I meant every word of my promises as I savored the words of consecration. I have entrusted myself yet more to Our Lady to keep me faithful. My desire is to be a clear channel of grace for others and to love God with all my heart."