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Keep your eyes fixed

on the outstretched arms of Christ crucified,

let yourself be saved over again.   

Pope Francis

Dear Sisters,

We begin another Lent: a unique time of grace that invites us to deeper reflection on Christs´ Paschal Mystery. Our personal and community life - through baptism and consecration - is marked so much by the events of Jesus´ Death and Resurrection, that this mystery is its center. It is the heart and the source that constantly brings us the gift of new life, freed from sin and death.

The outstretched arms of the Crucified Lord create a unique space of love. They speak of a God who "so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16). 

To be saved again requires to believe in this love and gratefully accept the gift of God's mercy. It is to hear the voice of the Lord in attentive prayer and to be filled with a wisdom, which is not of this world (cf. 1 Cor. 1: 23-24) - that is the image of Christ crucified. To be saved again we need to open our hearts to others and share with them evangelical alms: - sharing our lives, in solidarity with their joys and hardships. It is through our outstretched hand that we become a sign of reconciliation and peace.

Dear Sisters, let Mary, Mother of Divine Love, be our Guide on this Lenten journey towards the Light of the Resurrection. Let us entrust to her our communities and relationships, our prayers and spiritual struggles. Let us allow ourselves to be embraced by her motherly tenderness and compassion.

I wish and pray that for each one of us this year's Lent will be a blessed time of grace, love and peace.

United in adoration of the Crucified Lord, 

 

Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC

Superior General

Rome, Lent 2020

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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)