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By Cynthia E. Wood

Come Back to Life

As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ. (1 Corinthians 12: 12)

In fear, the followers of Jesus hid behind locked doors.  The air did not stir and the walls closed in like a tomb.  The trauma of recent days silenced them.  They had lost their way.  In dread they awaited cries for more bloodshed.  In guilt they felt they had failed him.  But it was a playful breeze that slipped under the door and swept over them.  How could a wind trick its way through these thick walls?  The crushing weight lifted and breath returned.  Like dry branches, their spirits ignited.  They laughed and embraced.  Amazing words poured forth.  Fear fell away like the shells of locusts.  Once again new life came forth.

In desolation we drop like bones into a ditch.  Rigid and alone.   By reaching out to another, the spirit can find us.  One person finds the words and the other listens.  In one simple gift of compassion, the breath of life returns.  Jesus’ companions did not scatter, each seeking safety on his own.  In misery, they clung to each other.  God’s spirit made them one body and they roared back to life together. 

Intent on being self-sufficient, I can distance myself from the sources of life.  Without deeper connections to others, God’s spirit does not find me.  Our world separates us in many ways: each absorbed with her own career, schooling, house, car, disappointments, plans… This ardent individualism can chip away.  In friendship, prayer, conversation, struggles for justice, and service, the odd notion that we are all one body begins to ring true.  As we come to stand together, the spirit of unity surprises us. 

Veni Sancte Spiritus.  The lush gifts of the Holy Spirit sound like paradise: “rest most sweet; grateful coolness in the heat.”  Jesus greets his exhausted companions with “peace be with you.”  We are not alone.  No walls are too thick for God’s spirit.

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)