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The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

2 February 2012

Dear Sisters,

On the Day of Consecrated Life, Our Lord invites us to a common celebration in thanksgiving to Him for this unique gift and for the beauty of a religious vocation. This feast invites us to the venue of the Lord's temple, where Holy Mother Mary offers the best Gift, which she has received – her Son, Jesus Christ. The Blessed Mother, by offering Jesus to God, also offers herself through silent, faithful and sacred service.

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, as written by John Paul II in the Message for the I World Day of the Consecrated Life,  “is an eloquent icon of the total offering of one's life for all those who are called to show forth in the Church and in the world, by means of the evangelical counsels 'the characteristic features of Jesus'. This total offering is a free, loving and radical consecration, which calls us to perfect imitation of our Lord Jesus Christ and also calls us to reveal Him to the world.

In this Jubilee Year of our Founder and on the Day of Consecrated Life, let us meditate on the writings of Pallotti on the holiness of the clergy. He wrote: Congregations, which are proud of their virtuous and holy founders, should be holy in their rules and in their members... They should become a light to the world and salt of the earth (Mt 5:13), which means that they should have holiness and such a knowledge, as to enlighten the entire world and also be this world’s guide to ardent love in holiness (from notations of SVP).

Rekindled by the charism of St. Vincent Pallottii in this Jubilee Year, let us unfurl our pride in our holy Founder, and let us never stop along the way, but as he did, let us continually seek God everywhere and in everyone, always reawakening in ourselves the desire for holiness.

Being grateful to God for every Pallottine Sister, I remain in prayer for your intentions,


Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC

Superior General


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"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)



"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)



"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)



"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)



"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)