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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

 

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We started today, traditionally, with the Holy Mass which, same as yesterday, was celebrated by Father Rocky. During the homily he reminded us that we need to trust Jesus totally. A storm on a sea is a test of our faith. This is a lesson for us to surrender to God completely. Jesus and the disciples on the boat present also an image of the Church. It may seem strange that during such a violent storm Jesus is sleeping. According to Saint Augustine, as Father Rocky said, it is our faith that is sleeping. To awake faith is to awake Jesus who is sleeping inside of us. Awake! -

Father refered to the theme of our General Chapter. It is important to row the boat in the same direction. Into the future of the Church and our Congregation. Without Jesus we will not manage, we will not cope. During our hard times we should remember who are we calling for help – God who created us out of nothing!!! He can do anything!!!

            We spent our day reading the reports of each Province, Region and Delegature. It allowed us to look at the past with gratitude, to study carefully our present, and to look into the future with faith and hope. The Love of Christ impels us!!!

 

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"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)