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Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Acts 4:32-37; John 3:7-15

“None of them claimed anything as his own; rather everything was held in common.  With power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.”

When we know in poverty of spirit that everything is a gift, our hearts begin again to taste Jesus’ love alive.  This love penetrates basic fears surrounding our ownership of things.

Are we anything apart from what we own and possess?  In our real poverty of spirit, our nothingness, without property, homes, cars, titles, computers and brand name clothes, what are we?

The resurrected Jesus as Love tells us.  We are daughters and sons of Abba, children of God.  Tasting the reality of this spiritual inheritance frees us to want to be nothing more because accompanying this spiritual tasting is always the knowledge that this love alone is all that we really need.  It gives us a sense that everything is already ours and that everything is to be used for the common good, promoting faith in Jesus.  We find ourselves living, in a very real sense, like the first apostles.  Claiming nothing as our own, we desire only to be more rooted in our spiritual inheritance.  To be possessed by Jesus’ Risen Spirit is to be truly free from anything owning us except Love.  What an utterly amazing gift!  Does anything I have need to be given away to bear witness to Christ’s glory alive?  What would serve the common good?  How can I promote the mission of the Church inviting others into tasting this same love and freedom?

By John Horn

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)