Lord Jesus, destroy my life and let your life be my life.
We are still in a festive atmosphere and soon will be celebrating the feast of our Founder, St. Vincent Pallotti. Every celebration is a grace to enter into a great stream of joy and experience the steadfast love of the Lord, which never ceases. As we express our delight and wishes on this festive day, we recall the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI inviting religious to be joyful messengers of hope, serenity, consolation and tenderness towards all. We can only fulfill this task if we imitate Christ and experience the bliss of being consoled and loved by Him. This conviction enables us to maintain a spirit of gladness in the midst of all the challenges that engage our entire life.
St. Vincent Pallotti proved that a spirit of joy will spring forth when we let Jesus take control over our lives. Therefore he prayed: “Lord Jesus, destroy my life and let your life be my life.” These words explain the condition toward a real and effective imitation of Jesus. It is a challenge. We can’t be an infatuation but for endurance it must be a sincere internalization of the person of Jesus with a profound realization of the importance of following Him. If we are rooted in these convictions we will endeavor to work at personally to be reproducing Christ within ourselves.
Dear Sisters, we wish and pray that as Consecrated women and daughters of St. Vincent Pallotti, we will allow ourselves to be animated by the fire of the Spirit to renew our personal encounter with Jesus Christ, which gives a new horizon to life and decisive direction.
Like St. Vincent Pallotti, may our joy of Imitating Jesus Christ improve our relationship with God and others. Let us implore Mary, Queen of Apostles, our Spiritual Mother to accompany us in this journey to advance confidently towards the fulfilment of our consecrated call. United in prayer at the tomb of the Founder,
Your Sisters from the Generalate community
St. Vincent Pallotti's Feastday, 2014