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Saturday, July 2nd

 

Pallotti's perspective: to look at the UAC from the inside of the Church

This day was dedicated to the UAC. Many guests visited us today: Fr. Jakob Nampudakam, SAC, Rector General; s. Ivete Garlet, CSAC, Superior General; and Mrs. Cristina Mastrorosati, Vice-President of the UAC in Italy.

In the introduction Sr. Izabela said that not only are we members of the Union, but we are the Union.

Sr. Bożena Olszewska and Sr. Maria Landsberger introduced us to the topic of the UAC, showing us a presentation of interesting life and activity of the UAC communities from all around the world.

Fr. Jakob talked about responsibility of the core Communities of the UAC. He quoted the UAC Statute, defining the Union as a gift of the Holy Spirit in service of the Church and as a charismatic and prophetic vision of the Founder. He posed a question: how can we realize this profetic mission?

He reminded us that the UAC is a fruit of a spiritual and mystic journey of Saint Vincent Pallotti. The whole idea of the UAC started with a personal experience of God.

Sr. Ivete focused on one of our main tasks in the UAC: reviving. Reviving remains closely related to the community. As much as we live in the community, that much can we revive. It is the Holy Spirit who can revive us. Our mystical orientation is a secret of all our actions. Sister compared the UAC to a football team. Everyone plays on a different position and has a different role but the goal is the same: to win. Each one of us is invited to commit oneself to the goal of the UAC.

Mrs. Cristina stressed the presonal and communal aspects of the UAC. We are the people united by one Spirit. Mutual respect, humility, service and love allow us to grow in a freedom of the children of God, in service of the Church.

During our afternoon session Fr. Jan Kupka, SAC presented a person of God's Servant Elizabeth Sanna who will soon be the first beatified lay member of the UAC – which is a gift for the whole Church.

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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)