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"It will be Christmas if, like Joseph, we give space to silence; if, like Mary, we say

“here I am” to God; if, like Jesus, we are close to those who are alone;

and if, like the shepherds, we come out of our enclosures to stay with Jesus.

It will be Christmas if we find light in the poor grotto of Bethlehem". Pope Francis

 Dear Sisters

Christmas is a pilgrimage to Bethlehem that calls forth the memory of our heart. While our maps are becoming more and more precise, the interior of human beings is becoming an increasingly unknown land. I wish you dear Sisters that this year's journey to the truth of Christmas would be an experience of God's presence. Let the heart regain its greatness and God act in us and lead us step by step to the depth of his Mystery.

To Mary, whose Heart was united with the Heart of Jesus, let us entrust the coming year 2020, asking her that we live each day in the light of God's presence.

 With best wishes, Merry Christmas I embrace each one of you!

 

 Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC

Superior General with the Councilors

 

 Rome, Christmas  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)