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Greek Christ Icon, Pallotti-Huus, Niederuzwil, Schweiz - Photo: Sr. Maria Dörig

 

Some years ago young people in Switzerland were asked the following question:

“What do you think of Jesus Christ?”

This one answer has deeply impressed me:

“What do I think of Christ? That he is one who keeps me!”

 

The apostle Paul says:

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution,

or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Romans 8, 35.39

 

When we give precedence to Christ in all, then we are connected with many people:

 

Vincent Pallotti responds to the request for a rule for his foundation:

“Your rule is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!”

 

In “Our way of life”, the constitution of the Pallottine Sisters,

Christ is presented as the unifying center:

“Jesus Christ is the center of our life.

From him our entire life derives meaning and significance”. OWL 69

 

Ignatius of Loyola says:

“Christ I seek,

the power of his resurrection and the community with his suffering”.

 

Richard Rohr OSF, a modern mystic says:

“God, Jesus Christ, lives in me  -  Do I really know it?”

 

Sr. Maria Dörig, pallottine sister, Switzerland

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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