Joseph Jeyaseelan, CMF
We call ourselves as servants of the Word. Since servant-hood in the common secular use of the term bears nuances to lack of dignity and freedom, the expression servant may give the impression that we are people without dignity and freedom. Fortunately and truly it is not the case. The word servant in no way implies servitude, slavery or subservience. We are servants in the sense that we are called to be at the service of the Word of God in the world as missionaries. Being servants is our response to the missionary call we have received in the Congregation and it is not the core element of our being.
The following letter of Fr. Xifrè to Vallier in Chile in 1870, a couple of weeks before the death of the Founder, sheds light on his concern for his brothers and constant reference to the founder as a guide for our missionary life
Prades, 5 October 1870
Rev. Fr. Pablo Vallier
I have received your letter dated August 12 which I have in front of me, and from it I gather, with regret, that you have not received all the letters that we had written to you, especially the ones where we acknowledged above all the acceptance of the Masses and alms you had sent.
Esta carta da una idea de la preocupación de P. Xifrè por sus hermanos y de su constante referencia al fundador como guía para nuestra vida misionera.
Prades, 5 de octubre de 1870
R.P. Pablo Vallier
Muy estimado Hermano:
He recibido su muy apreciada del 12 de agosto, que tengo a la vista; y de ella deduzco, con pesar, que no reciben todas las que nosotros les escribimos, sobretodo por lo relativo a la aceptación de Misas y limosnas que ha enviado.