For a prayerful reflection on our charismatic identity
Our charismatic ideintity -3: To seek in all things the glory of God
XXIV Genral Chapter: Men on Fire with Love
46. Jesus is the passion that spurs us on (cf. CC 4) and the path we follow. With him we look for the glory of God and the salvation of humankind, praying, working and suffering. Prayer sets our love of God and our brothers alight21. Missionary work expresses that love and communicates it. The acceptance of suffering refines us in the same fire as Jesus; it makes us one with the crucified of this world and makes us credible.
XXIII General Chapter : They May Have Life
8. The glory of God, which is one of the basic aims of our Congregation (cf CC 2), is the human person fully alive (Ireaneus of Lyon), the poor fully alive (Oscar Romero), nature fully alive (Paul of Tarsus). We give glory to God, proclaiming that “the Gospel of God’s love for people, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are one, indivisible Gospel” (EV 2). The passion for life thus belongs at the very heart of our missionary vocation.
General Plan of Formation
We follow Jesus to fulfil Father’s will as He did, seeking his glory in everything. This is the aim of our Congregation in the Church. We give glory to God when we strive so that He may be known, loved and served by all, when, like Jesus, we are involved in those things that regard the Father’s service.
Gospel (Jn 17:1-6)
1“Father, the hour has come; give glory to your Son, that the Son may give glory to you.2 You have given him power over all mortals, and you want him to bring eternal life to all you have entrusted to him. 3For this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the One you sent, Jesus Christ. 4 I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, give me in your presence the same Glory I had with you before the world began. 6 I have made your name known to those you gave me from the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they kept your word”.
Autobiography of Claret
202. No, I repeat, I have no mere earthly aim but a far nobler one. My aim is to make God better known, loved, and served by everyone. If only I had all human hearts, with which to love God! My God, people do not know you! If they did, you would be loved far more than you are. If people only knew your wisdom, power, goodness, beauty, and all your divine attributes, they would all have become seraphim consumed with the fire of your divine love. This is my aim: to make God known, so that He may be loved and served by all.
204. If you saw your father being beaten and stabbed, wouldn’t you run to defend him? Wouldn’t it be a crime for you to look on indifferently at your father in such a plight? Well then, wouldn’t I be the greatest criminal in the world if I didn’t try to prevent the outrages that men are perpetrating against God, who is my Father? My Father, I shall defend you, although it should cost me my life. I shall throw my arms about you and with St. Augustine tell sinners: Enough of wounds; it is enough! Halt, you sinners, halt! Stop scourging my Father. You’ve already scourged Him enough and opened far too many wounds. If you must scourge someone, scourge me, for I deserve it; but don’t mistreat and scourge my God, my Father, and my Love. O love of mine, my love!
233. O my God and my Father, may I know you and make you known; love you and make you loved; serve you and make you served; praise you and make all creatures praise you. Grant, my Father, that all sinners be converted, all the just persevere in grace, and all of us attain to eternal glory. Amen
2. The aim of our Congregation is to seek in all things the glory of God, the sanctification of our members and the salvation of people throughout the world, in keeping with our missionary charism in the Church.
66. In everything they do (the novices), whether it be studying, eating or simply relaxing, God’s glory should be the aim and wellspring of their action. For this reason, they should cultivate prayer without ceasing or lukewarmness. Thus, by the time they leave their year of probation, they will have made real progress.
For personal reflection and prayer
- What are your main interests? Make a list with them. Do you think are they idols in the sense that take all your time and close your personal horizon within your own limits?
- Who does to seek the glory of God mean for you?