I am glad that today we are sowing seeds on a fertile ground of Pallotine studies about Pallotti as the spiritual director of the Sisters. The subject is unique for several reasons which also determine the structure of this speech.
First of all we will have to face a general question about a man. Who is he? What is the source of his existence and the ultimate goal of his life? This concerns the concept of a person according to Pallotti. This search for an adequate and complete picture of man is an indispensable condition for answering the question of what was the spiritual direction taken by Pallotti. What were its sources, methods and means? Second of all, the topic sets the direction of reflection on the sacramental/ontic and functional/social identity of Pallotti as a priest. What does Pallotti say about himself, leading so many Sisters from various religious congregations and traditions? Third of all, who were these Sisters with whom Pallotti had spiritual, paternal ties? And fourth of all, the topic has some hopes for a preliminary reconstruction of Pallotti's ministry as the spiritual director of the Sisters. Although, of course, I do not include here the whole political, social and religious context.
OWL 15. According to Pallotti’s mandate, the close following of Christ is the foundation of our religious institute and the Gospel is our rule.
OWL 1. We, the Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, accept Our Way of Life as help, inspiration, and encouragement in the following of Jesus. It is to foster unity of heart and guide us in continuing St. Vincent Pallotti’s mission in our times.
OWL 10. For the greater glory of God, we are sent as Pallottine Sisters, to revive, spread and deepen faith, to strengthen hope and rekindle love.We seek to awaken in all Christians an awareness of their apostolic call, so that the day may soon come when there will be only one flock and one shepherd.
About St. Vincent Pallotti (source: Wikipedia)
"Dear Sisters, the Church looks to you to "speak" of Christ to those whom you serve and to "show" him to them. Such witness demands that you yourselves first contemplate the face of Christ... In this way you will not only continue to "see" God with the eyes of faith but will also be effective in making his presence "perceptible" to others through the example of your own lives - lives marked by the zeal and compassion for the poor so readily associated with your beloved founder." (John Paul II, to the General Chapter members in 2004)