Chapter 7: Special Moments


Special Moments

1.   Perpetual Profession

 1.1. Objective

 137. To provide an intensive time of contact with the Word of God in order to deepen the living of one’s religious commitments with a view to definitive incorporation in the Congregation, as a response to one’s own vocation.

 1.2. Formative orientations

 138. To sum up and evaluate what role the presence of the Word has played in one’s personal process.

139. To update one’s own vocational discernment based on biblical texts in view of one’s definitive commitment.

140. To intensify personal and group reflection on Claretian life, spirituality and mission, on the basis of selected vocational texts from the Bible which speak of radicalism and fidelity in following Jesus Christ.

141. To delve deeply into Marian texts that show Mary as a hearer of the Word and as a Teacher in the life of the Church and of our Congregation.

142. To recognize the challenges that reality poses to our vocation-mission as evangelizers, through a reading of the Word of God that illumines events and spurs us on to a concrete commitment in the transformation of structures.

 2.   Preparation for Ministries and Holy Orders

 2.1. Objectives

 143. To throw light on the preparation for Ministries and Orders from the standpoint of the Missionary Service of the Word, which is our specific charism in the Church. Concretely:

        a)   For the lectorate: to love and know the Sacred Scriptures, to listen to and meditate on the Word and make an effort to witness to it with our own life; having a will to serve God and his people by means of a faithful announcement of the Word.[1]

        b)   For the acolytate: to know and deeply live the mystery of the Eucharist and its relationship with the Word of God as aspects of the sacrament of the living Christ.[2]

        c)   For the diaconate: to evangelically serve the People of God and one’s own community in the ministry of the Word, of the liturgy and of charity, and principally in social service and helping the most abandoned.[3]

        d)  For the presbyterate: to prepare our students to become fitting priests, particularly dedicated to the service of the Word, and of the most urgent and pressing needs of the people of God, in the style of Claret.[4]

 2.2. Formative orientations

 144. To gain a deeper grasp of the images of the prophets who announced and denounced, of Christ the evangelizer and priest, of Mary at Pentecost, of Paul urged on by charity and of Claret, apostolic missionary.

145. To have some peak moments of sharing the Word from the horizon of the Claretian mission.

146. To lay the groundwork for ecclesial ministries and holy orders from a study of the Word.

147. To intensify the knowledge of the Claretian charism by way of biblical sources, historical events and the patrimony of the Congregation which throw light on our missionary being and on the exercise of the different ministries.

148. To become qualified for the future exercise of the different ministries and orders from the standpoint of the Service of the Word.

149. To listen to and perceive the voice of the Christian community and of their situation in the world as a word of God.

150. To exercise oneself in the assessorship and leadership of groups and communities, keeping in mind the explicit announcement of the Word.

151. To keep in mind the different ways of setting of the ministries conferred, according to the lay, diaconal or priestly vocation, and of the ordination to the diaconate, insofar as it is to the permanent diaconate or to the priesthood.[5]

152. Fundamental Experience: to prepare for and carry out the reception of ministries and of holy orders with sufficient time and intensity, so that they may be experiences that leave a deep imprint on the person.

 3.   A period of Five Years (Quinquennium)

 3.1. Objective

 153. To animate and qualify the new stage of young Claretians in the missionary service of the Word in relation to the community and to the People of God to whom they are sent.[6]

 3.2. Formative orientations

 154. To cultivate an awareness of being a disciple, envoy and servant of the Word in the exercise of one’s own ministry.

155. To attend to the Personal Project and assure that it includes a daily period for reading and listening to the Word and to evaluate it in accompaniment with a spiritual counselor.

156. To give life to the Word through liturgical celebrations, particularly the Liturgy of the Hours, and to strive to make one’s life consistent with the Word he proclaims.

157. To care for the biblical content of the different ways of announcing the Word, by sharing it with our brothers in community.

158. To keep updating one’s biblical knowledge, taking advantage of the available means for doing so.

159. To enhance the carrying out of the Word-Mission Project as a meaningful experience, by actively sharing it in community.

[1] Cf. GPF 438.

[2] Cf. GPF 438.

[3] Cf. GPF 443.

[4] Cf. GPF 449.

[5] Regarding the conferral of ministries on brothers, cf. GPF 434-439; regarding the diaconal ordination of future priests, cf. GPF 540.

[6] Cf. GPF 508.