OWL 15. According to Pallotti’s mandate, the close following of Christ is the foundation of our religious institute and the Gospel is our rule.
OWL 1. We, the Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, accept Our Way of Life as help, inspiration, and encouragement in the following of Jesus. It is to foster unity of heart and guide us in continuing St. Vincent Pallotti’s mission in our times.
OWL 10. For the greater glory of God, we are sent as Pallottine Sisters, to revive, spread and deepen faith, to strengthen hope and rekindle love.We seek to awaken in all Christians an awareness of their apostolic call, so that the day may soon come when there will be only one flock and one shepherd.
About St. Vincent Pallotti (source: Wikipedia)
"Dear Sisters, the Church looks to you to "speak" of Christ to those whom you serve and to "show" him to them. Such witness demands that you yourselves first contemplate the face of Christ... In this way you will not only continue to "see" God with the eyes of faith but will also be effective in making his presence "perceptible" to others through the example of your own lives - lives marked by the zeal and compassion for the poor so readily associated with your beloved founder." (John Paul II, to the General Chapter members in 2004)
God is above all
Not the intellect, but God,
Not the will, but God,
Not the heart, but God,
Not sight, but God,
Not hearing, but God,
Not smell, but God,
Not taste and tongue, but God,
Not breath, but God,
Not touch, but God,
Not air, but God,
Not food and drink, but God,
Not clothing, but God,
Not tranquillity, but God,
Not worldly goods, but God,
Not riches, but God,
Not honour, but God,
Not worldly recognition, but God,
Not dignities, but God,
Not promotions, but God!
God in all and for ever!
Jonah 3:1-5,10|1 Corinthians 7:29-31|Mark 1:14-20
If you were interviewing prospective apostles what would you be looking for? Somebody who was loyal, honest, trustworthy? What about Peter in the courtyard of the High Priest’s house? Would you look for somebody who knew their own limitations and did not overestimate their own strengths or abilities? What about Peter at the Last Supper, or trying to walk on the storm-tossed waters of the Sea of Galilee? Would you look for a person who was not ambitious for their own advancement? What about James and John wanting to sit on either side of Jesus when he came into his kingdom? Would you look for people who were direct and straightforward and not devious in any way? James did not approach Jesus directly with his request for promotion, he got his mother to do it for him. The choice Jesus makes is not because of what the disciples are but of what they will become.
2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Psalm 80:2-3, 5-7; Mark 3:20-21
Today’s first two readings reminded me that war and fear have been a part of human experience for a very long time. Sometimes when I think about the ills of the current world, I forget that these are not new. Natural disasters and cruel human acts have always been with us, as has the faith of people to face these tragedies and, at times, even grow. I am touched by the sorrow that David felt and the impact of the losses beyond just the immediate family/circle of friends. Another reminder of how interconnected we all are to one another. Our actions, or lack thereof, have ripple effects well beyond our viewing area. We are not isolated beings in this fragile world but a complex connected web where vibrations anywhere are felt in some way everywhere.
We foster unity among Christians and avoid all that hinders the spirit of ecumenism. (Our Way of Life, 204)
The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power." (Exodus 15:6).
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years . . . , in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity. By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one." (cf. John 17:21)
1 Samuel 24:3-21; Mark 3:13-19
Preparing to Be Sent
“He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons . . .” As we get to know the “cast of characters” named by Jesus to be his Apostles, we can certainly be impressed by their diversity and perhaps be surprised by their less-than-faithful performances. Peter’s denial, Thomas’ doubts, and Judas’ betrayal all remind us that the Lord did not choose perfect men without fault.
1 Sammuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Mark 3:1-6
Our first reading today is from Samuel and is the classic story of David and the Philistine, Goliath. There is certainly something attractive about a story in which a small, young man takes on and conquers the behemoth Goliath– score one for the little guy!
But I have to admit the story is rather brutal and the last thing I need or even want coming out of the Christmas season and into the New Year is to be reminded of all the violence swirling around us in today’s society. So, instead I thought I would relate Samuel’s story to the New Year, the resolutions made and possibly already broken, and the battles we must wage in order to allow God to be fully present in our lives. In essence, “Who’s my Goliath and how best may I slay him?”