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“But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the ‘dictatorship of relativism,’ which makes everyone his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of peoples." (Pope Francis to diplomats)

According to Our Way of Life:

44.  By the vow of poverty we follow the poor and humble Jesus who accepted his human condition even unto death.  He came to bring the Good News to the poor.

45.  St. Vincent Pallotti exhorts us to look at Jesus who made the poor and oppressed his special concern. He teaches us to use the goods of this world for the apostolate and for the service of the suffering and despised.

46.   Our life of poverty must show that we are guided by the values of the gospel. Our free renunciation is a sign of faith and hope.

53.   We try to share our material and non-material goods. In some cases this may mean that we give not only of our abundance but also that we are willing to suffer freely real hardships in the service of the community and the apostolate.

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"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)



"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)



"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)



"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)



"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)