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In the morning homily, Fr. Martin introduced us to the topic of holiness. The end of the liturgical year focuses our eyes on Christ's second coming in glory. Each of us - as the Solemnity of All Saints reminded us - is called to holiness, which takes its shape in our daily life. Fr. Martin also recalled the words of Pope Francis about the saint next door. Today's meeting was devoted to the structures of the Congregation.

During the morning session we listened to Sr. Carmen Sammut, Superior General of the “White Sisters” (MSOLA). She shared her rich experience of the structural reorganization of her own Congregation. In a symbolic story, as well as in a number of diagrams and lists of important points from the process of the White Sisters, she presented to us a method which might inspire and support us in our work. What is the heritage that we look back to gratefully and want to preserve? What does God want us to do in our present world now? What do we see as our tasks in future? Sr. Carmen underlined that structures serve to help us in our vocation and charism and to organize our work in a way to bring much fruit; they are no means in themselves. In our reactions, we shared our thoughts and opinions, as well as questions, which led to a lively discussion.

At noon, we prayed before the Blessed Sacrament.

In the afternoon session Sr. Isabella presented the statistics of the Congregation in a PowerPoint presentation. After the presentation we continued - both in groups and in the plenary - to discuss Sr. Carmen's contribution and our current situation. Fr Martin closed the afternoon session with vespers.

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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)