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For Vincent the notion of sacrifice is always associated with the notion of love: who loves is ready to sacrifice for the beloved. The Father sacrificed His Son sending him into the world out of love for us. Jesus sacrificed his divinity in loving obedience to the Father and  came among us as the way to the Father; Jesus sacrificed his human life dying out of love for us that we might be reconciled to the Father and live forever with Him.

It is also associated with humility: Jesus humbled himself to become one of us and we, aware of our failures to respond fully to God’s love and mercy, stand humbled before our God, willing to offer him our sacrifices  of praise and worship, the sacrifices that love demands of us, and even the crosses we are asked  to bear. What Vincent asks of his followers is “sincerity and a generous willingness of heart” (cf. OOCC II, 8) to put into practice not the sacrifices Jesus did, but to live the love of God and others that moves us to give of ourselves, totally if necessary, for the love of God and the love of neighbour.

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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)

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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)