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Sunday, July 3rd

A pilgrimage to San Giorgio and Cascia

 

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This Sunday we traveled to a picturesque place of origin of St. Vincent Pallotti's family. San Giorgio is a tiny village, beautifully located in the mountains of Umbria. The Pallotti family still lives there today.

We began our meeting by celebrating the Eucharist together. It was celebrated by Fr. Natale who has been serving in this place since 1947. St. Vincent Pallotti's figure stands in the presbytery of the Church, and on the opposite wall there is an amazing relic – a cassock.

After the Holy Mass we had a joyful agape with the descendants of our Founder. We were all very moved, enthusiastic, happy and full of delight – such was the atmosphere of this event.

Holiness knows no boundries, no time nor place. We experienced the truth that everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters for the sake of Jesus will receive a hundred times as much (cf. Matt 19:29).   

From San Giorgio we went to Cascia, home of St. Rita. We saw places which commemore her – her birthplace, a house in which she lived with her family, and her convent where she stayed until her death. Kindness of the people that we met and praying together in joy and peace multiplied our hope and trust. Let the Lord be glorified in His Saints. Halleluiah.

 

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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)