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Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18;  Matthew 25:31-46

The Least among Us

This much we knew.  That God finds us in solitude, sacraments, the beauty of nature, old friends, the support of family, when cynicism gives way to solidarity and action.  Familiar or drab surroundings can break into color.  An ordinary day can yield awareness and gratitude.  I step out the door and realize that I’m alive and how much it matters to be here.

We find our balance but never touch bottom.  Seeking what is real or true takes us deeper.  There is more to our lives than what we knew.  In today’s gospel, the righteous inherit the kingdom but still wonder where to find God.  Generous and faithful, they are present to the least among us.  Moving beyond duty, they enter into the lives of those who are forgotten.  They touch flesh and hear stories and share what they have.  Broken lives do not scare them.  Like an ancient spring, they do not run dry.  That God was present all along amazes them.

Scripture is blunt: you will find me among the poor.  It is hard to give those words a respectable meaning.  God was not supposed to dwell in crumpled places.  We never dreamed that the sacred would accompany raw need.  Besides, the messy works of mercy were not assigned to me.

Into the careful composition of our lives arise the most unexpected forms of beauty.

By Jeanne Schuler

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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)