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1 Peter 4:7-13; Mark 11:11-26

"Put your gifts in the service of one another, each in the measure you have received."  The Epistle to Peter could not be clearer:  as members of a Christian community we are each called to serve one another; performing personal acts of piety to save our souls is not sufficient.  This means that we must realistically access our individual gifts, and then in prayer ask the Lord how He wants us to put these gifts at the service of the community.

All Christians are called to "bear fruit for the Kingdom."  But we need not worry that we are inadequate to our task.  The Gospel of John gives us consolation and strength: "Whoever remains in me and I in them will bear much fruit."

Today's scriptures invite us to go to the Lord in prayer and ask the Lord to strengthen us in our service to our community and to lead us to new service, if this be his will.  Then we will continue to be "fruitful fig trees" and as such  be blessed by the Lord. 

By Richard Hauser

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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)

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