The logo for the Year for Consecrated Life
Renewing the action of the Spirit
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 th rough symbols the fundamental val ues of religious consecration. Rel igious consecra tion recognizes the “u nceasing work of the Holy Spirit, who i n every age shows forth the rich ness of the prac tice of the evangelical counsels th rough a m ultipl ici ty of charisms. In this way too he makes ever present in the Chu rch and in the world, in time and space, the mysover the water” (Gen 1:2). The dove, gliding over a sea swelling with un expressed life, recalls patient and trusting fruitfulness, while the signs which surround it reveal the creative and renewi ng 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”, recalli ng that the vocation to consecrated life is to be an example of universal reconcili ation 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 encoun ter which brings about new creation. Among the waves of history, the dove nies over the waters (cf. Gen 8:8-14). Consecrated men and wo men in the sign of the Gospel, ever pi lgrims among the peoples that l ive thei r charismatic and diaconal di versity as “good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pet 4:ro); marked by the Cross of Christ even until mar tyrdom, 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 i n the world as corifessio Tiinitatis, sign.um ftatemitatis and servitium caritatis. These phrases express the circularity and the rela tionality 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 icono graphy honou rs Mary, the all holy mother of God, the fi rst disciple of (n. 236). The breath of the Spiri t sustains and leads it towards the fu tu re: an i nvi tation to consecrated men and women “to become bearers of the Spirit (pneumatophoroz), au thentically spiritual men and wo men, capable of endowing history with hidden fruitfulness” (Vita con secrata, n. 6).
The ph rase Vita consecrata in Ec
clesia hodic. Evangelium, proph etia spes places further emphasis on iden tity and horizons, experience and ideals, grace and the path that con secrated life has lived and con tinues to live in the Church as the People of God, in the pilgrimage of the na tions and cultures, toward the fu ture.