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EPIPHANY 2021

Epiphany was for St. Vincent Pallotti, one of the most important events of the Gospel, around which since 1836 he built a liturgical feast in the streets of Rome with great impetus. What would he wish for us today, being on the threshold of the third decade of the 21st century, when the world is marked by a variety of opposing ideas?

Maybe he would say this:

I wish us all that - like the Magi - we would be people of great hope and great courage. Hope and courage allowed them to set out on a long journey after the star, to kneel before the Child and offer Him precious gifts: gold, incense and myrrh.

I wish us all that - like the Magi - we would be people with a troubled heart, whom even Herod cannot stop, because truth is more important than human opinion.

I wish us all that - like the Magi - we would always remain in the state of a pilgrim people who are constantly consumed by the fervent desire to come to see God in His glory.

I wish us all that - like the Magi - on the wings of prayer and desires, we will reach where our actions cannot be effectively achieved.

I wish us all that - like the Magi - we would seek God, always, anywhere and  anytime.

 I wish us all that - like the Magi - we would be humble, to endure the sacrifices and hardships of an uncertain path.

I wish us all that - like the Magi - we would be attentive and be able to recognize God's signs, His quiet and uninterrupted voice.

I wish us all that - like the Magi - we would be generous, because what do we have that we would not have received before.

I wish us all that - together with the Magi - we will become a constellation of stars in the Lord's firmament, whose light will guide others along the way of life. It will lead us to Christ, the Savior.

Have a beautiful and blessed Epiphany!

 

Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC

Superior General

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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)