For prayerful Reflection
Our Charismatic Identity-7: In keeping with the demands, options, priorities and preferential recipients of our mission.
XXIV General Chapter: Men on Fire with Love
50 The missionary love that has been granted to us is imaginative and creative. Formed in the forge of the Heart of Mary we fix our gaze on those who are excluded from the love of others and who suffer terrible consequences of injustice. Love sees to it that we get closer to them and stay with them, that we let ourselves be touched and accompanied by them. Ministering in the spirit of the Good Samaritan re-ignites our fire, inspires our transforming projects and activities and makes us, together with others, credible proclaimers of the presence of the Kingdom of God.
XXIII General Chapter: That They May Have Life
We choose as priorities: 1) a more balanced and effective organization of our Organisms and the revision of apostolic positions; 2) the necessary process of intercultural dialogue within the Congregation; 3) the “shared mission” as our normal way of carrying out our mission; 4) solidarity with the poor, the excluded and those whose right to life is threatened; 5) the inculturation of the Gospel through ecumenical, interreligious, and intercultural dialogue in all our missionary works; 6) the cultivation of one’s own vocation in fidelity to our evangelical and charismatic roots expressed in the Constitutions; 7) to strengthen the community as an environment that fosters life and missionary commitment; 8) improvement in our vocation ministry and formation; 9) more solidarity by the Major Organisms with the General Government and that the General Government increase as much as possible its own patrimony and funds so as to respond to the global needs of the Congregation.
General Plan of Formation
28. In response to the demands of our mission and to the challenges of our time, we have opted for an evangelization that is missionary, inculturated, prophetic and liberating, from the viewpoint of the poor and needy, and that aims at multiplying evangelizing leaders. These options qualify our service of the Word and, logically, our style of formation. Based on these options, we assign a privileged place to a missionary proclamation that is addressed to the non-christian world and to de?christianized groups, to the poor, to new evangelizers, to youth and to the family, according to the differing situations in the places where we are evangelizing. All of these demands, options and preferences must energize our formation process.
Word of God (Lk 10:25-37)
Then a teacher of the Law came and began putting Jesus to the test. And he said, “Master, what shall I do to receive eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What is written in the Scripture? How do you understand it?” The man answered, “It is written: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus replied, “What a good answer! Do this and you shall live.” The man wanted to keep up appearances, so he replied, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus then said, “There was a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him and went off leaving him half dead. It happened that a priest was going along that road and saw the man, but passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite saw the man and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, too, was going that way, and when he came upon the man, he was moved with compassion. He went over to him and treated his wounds with oil and wine and wrapped them with bandages. Then he put him on his own mount and brought him to an inn where he took care of him. The next day he had to set off, but he gave two silver coins to the innkeeper and told him: ‘Take care of him and whatever you spend on him, I will repay when I come back.’“ Jesus then asked, “Which of these three, do you think, made himself neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The teacher of the Law answered, “the one who had mercy on him.” And Jesus said, “Go then and do the same.”
Autobiography of Claret
212. Charity urges and impels me; it makes me run from town to town shouting, “Sinner, my son, look where you’re heading; you’re about to fall into hell. Stop! Don’t take another step!” I often ask God, as St. Catherine of Siena did: “Lord, let me stand at the gates of hell and stop anyone from entering, by telling each of them, ‘Where are you going, poor fool? Turn back! Make a good confession and save your soul. Don’t come here, to be lost for all eternity!”
310. Experience has taught me that one of the most powerful forces for good is the press, although when abused it can also be one of the most potent weapons for evil. By means of the press so many good books and pamphlets are circulated that God should be praised for it. Not everyone wishes to or is able to hear the Word of God, but everyone can read or listen to the reading of a good book. Not everyone can go to church to hear God’s Word, but a book can go to a person’s house. The preacher can’t always be preaching, but a book is always delivering the same message tirelessly and is always willing to repeat what it says. It is not offended if its reader picks it up and puts it down a thousand times. It is always ready to accommodate itself to the wishes of its reader.
48. In carrying out this mission, our missionaries should use all means possible, but they should above all foster the following attitudes:
- a sense of alertness to whatever is most urgent, opportune and effective, in the setting of the times, places and persons with whom they have to deal, without clinging to outmoded or inadequate methods or tools of the apostolate;
a sense of availability allowing them to be so open to the guidance of the Spirit and so obedient to their mission that they will be ready to abandon all that they have grown accustomed to in order to fulfill their duty of spreading the faith, both within and beyond their native land.
For personal reflection and prayer
- Which of the priorities of the Congregation touches you the most? Why?
- How do you understand the words of Jesus “I have come that they may have life”? Who are the “they” in your context whose lives need to be affirmed?