I hope you pray for religious sisters, priests, and brothers often. Today is a special day to do just that in the diocese of Toledo. (Consecrated Life Day, begun by Pope John Paul II in 1997, is really on February 2, but is often celebrated on Sunday.)  Also pray for more persons to respond to a vocation to consecrated life.  My religious community expands the length and width of the United States, along with a dozen other countries. Since 1850 we Sisters of Notre Dame have aimed to witness God’s goodness and provident care. As apostolic women religious, we serve the mission of the Church in service to the poor, education, parish involvement, and other needs. Surrounding and enhancing our ministries is prayer. And tucked between is life in community—cooking, cleaning, playing, growing in love for one another. If the title weren’t already taken, a movie about consecrated religious should be “It’s A Wonderful Life!”