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Fr. Martin in his homily today pointed out three key words which are important for Christian life: trust, fidelity, and perseverance, and which take on particular significance in the hour of persecution. In the morning session we first listened to the presentation of Fr. Denilson Geraldo, SAC, General Councillor and Director of the Pallotti Institute in Rome, on the Statutes of the UAC.

According to Fr. Denilson, before we begin the reading and interpretation of these Statutes, we have to return to our own identity as consecrated persons - Pallottine Missionaries - and to Our Way of Life. In a broad juridical context, he presented our place in the Union as one of its core communities, showing what we have in common with the lay members and where we are radically different.

Then we continued our work on formation, partly in groups and partly in the plenary.

In the afternoon we made a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Vincent Pallotti, and in the evening we met for adoration and Holy Mass in the church of San Salvatore in Onda at the feet of St. Vincent Pallotti and of Blessed Elizabetta Sanna.

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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)