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… According to your word.

Luke 1:38

Dear Sisters,

On the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord together with the whole Church, we look to Mary, who faithfully kept all matters in her heart (see Luke2, 51). Mary, while preserving and contemplating the things of God, invites us to be the house of the Word of God that we may protect and preserve it as rich soil that brings fruit - the fulfilled promise of a new life.

As consecrated persons, we live with the memory of Mary's prayer "the Almighty has done great things for me" (Luke 1:49). In our hearts we carry the Word of the Lord that penetrates our lives and gives to it true meaning.  Reflecting on the Word - the prayer, silence and contemplation teaches us to understand the depth of our everyday life. Listening in silence to the Word of God enables us to follow the path of spiritual development and brings us to maturity. The Word of God comes to us through people, through their words and history. Word needs a community. God speaks to us because He himself became a man: "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14).

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the temple also recalls/evokes a significant symbol of light. Preserving the Word of God - as Mary - means also following the path illuminated by its brightness. "Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path"
(Ps. 119,105).

Dear Sisters, I wish you joy and the happiness from a fulfilled life, which in Jesus, the Word, found the source and strength. Our whole life and the history of this world is a journey with Christ who came and dwelt among us. Each one of us is called to be, like Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant, faithfully keeping and pondering all matters in our heart.

 

In adoration with the Lord,

 

Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC

Superior General

Presentation of the Lord 2019

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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)