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Monday, June 27, 2016

 

This morning’s Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Rocky Gonsalves, SAC.  His overall theme for today’s Gospel is to be men and women of freedom:  Not freedom in the context of today’s world where freedom is to “free to be me.”  The freedom that is of the Gospel is the freedom to mold one’s will to that of God and to become the person that God has created in the image and likeness of God.

Being God-centered instead of ego-centered sounds easy but in reality is very difficult—choosing out of selfish desires versus God-centered choices does not come naturally.  When our decisions are God-centered, we will live in freedom and our choices will lead toward the greater good of all.

As a way to measure our sense of freedom is to measure the level of joy.  Joy =  J + O + Y = Jesus first + Others second + You (I) lastly.

 

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* 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)