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Wisdom 2:12.17-20; Jm 3:16-18.4:1-3; Mk 9:30-37

They left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, "The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise." But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him. They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, "What were you arguing about on the way?" But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all." Taking a child he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them, "Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me." Mk 9:30-37

“So he sat down and called the twelve around him and said, ‘If anyone wishes to rank first, he must remain the last one of all and THE SERVANT OF ALL.’” - Mk 9:35
“Lord Jesus, let MY life be destroyed, and Your life be MY life.” – St. Vincent Pallotti

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How wonderful it is
To be the KING,
Or some noteworthy person,
Surrounded by
Riches, pomp and power!
But stooping to
The service of ALL,
In a spirit of charity
Appears as mere folly!

Even to SERVE a king
Is not without glory;

But to bow to the will
Of lowly folks:

The young and arrogant,
The old and self-opinionated,
The weak and the strong,

This demands a Special Grace,
With an unwelcome reward of
Searing  pain and brutal humiliation:
A cruel cross, gilded with the thin promise
Of some vague future heavenly reward.
The almighty God asks great
Things of shy self-centered friends,

While we tend to
Toss our haughty heads
In stiff unholy defiance,
And simply go our own selfish way.

Instead we are invited, even haunted by the call,
And so we simply, humbly pray,

“COME, Lord Jesus, --
Walk beside us on
This bitter road of sorrow;
Granting us growth through grace and love,
As we develop deeper human empathy
For those who follow the path
Laid down by the holy Gospel
Of our time-honored Christian calling.”

By Sr. Phyllis Carpenter, SAC

Letter of James 3:16-18.4:1-3
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace. Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from? Is it not from your passions that make war within your members? You covet but do not possess. You kill and envy but you cannot obtain; you fight and wage war. You do not possess because you do not ask. You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.


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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)



"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)



"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)



"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)



"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)