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After an early Mass at 6.30 am, we set off for the Papal Audience, which began at 9.15 am. We wanted to make sure we were on time and had therefore planned enough time for the security checks. The audience took place in the large Paolo VI Audience Hall. We had been given special tickets for the first section - right at the front. It was an impressive experience for all the sisters to be so close to the Holy Father.

Today, Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on St Joseph, which he began a fortnight ago and with which he wants to set a spiritual accent once again at the end of the Year of St. Joseph. Today he started from the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 1:18-21) and spoke about Joseph as the righteous one. He encouraged us not only to look at the letter of the law, but to let the Spirit of God work - even where we ourselves have actually made other plans. Joseph did this when he took Mary as his wife. With regard to the newly married couples, he encouraged all present not to avoid conflicts, to make peace again and again, and thus to grow from the stage of infatuation into the stage of mature love.

At the end of the audience, we had the privilege of having a group photo taken with the Holy Father. Richly blessed by this impressive encounter with Pope Francis and many people from all over the world, we headed back to the Procura.

The rest of the day was free - many of us used the time in rather rainy weather and after the strenuous work of the last two weeks to rest.

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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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"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)