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8. THE WORD OF GOD – DIALOGUE

Patroness of the month - Mary, Mother of the Word, pray for us

Hear, O Israel! Mary, daughter of Zion and Mother of the Word, fulfilled this Old Testament’s invitation perfectly. She preserved it, pondered upon it and faithfully hid it in Her heart. This allows us to be more mindful of God and of man.

Intention of the month

Let us pray for all apostles and missionaries, so that the Word of God may always be proclaimed, the Eucharist may be celebrated and that the gift of God's Love may be brought to all people.

Lectio Divina

"In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him. What has come into being in him was life" (John 1:1-4a).

" (…) You see before you the Lord's servant, let it happen to me as you have said"  (Luke 1:38).

St. Vincent Pallotti writes

Ah my Jesus, since through your infinite mercy, and through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, of the Angels, and of all the Saints (...) you have made me feel, and you make me feel in my poor heart that always, and with greater abundance of grace when in the Holy Church your Most Holy Gospel is Read (!), or when each devoutly also Reads it privately with faith then, and at every moment, you want to and do renew in us, those warnings, teachings, and precepts of eternal life, and moreover you want to renew, and multiply in our souls those prodigious operations of grace, of which all the Miracles worked by you on earth are a figure, and together with this you want to communicate grace to us to benefit from it as you wish  (OOCC X, 258).

OWL

"St. Vincent Pallotti recommends that we meditate often on the life of Jesus as portrayed in the gospels. With faith and love we will follow this advice so that Jesus may be formed in us more perfectly" (75).

Exercise

Proposal for the community:

Let us take care of the practice of sharing God's Word in the community. Where it is practiced let it be continued with greater commitment, perhaps in the form of a service, the celebration of the Word. Where it has been abandoned, let it revert as a permanent practice. Perhaps this novena month will be an opportunity for the members of the community to meet more deeply with the Word and with each other. It is also an opportunity to LISTEN together to what the Lord says to us and what we say to each other.

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)