Progressing in Missionary Life
We should imitate the communion of life that prevailed between Christ and the Apostles, and among the faithful of the early Church, who were united, heart and soul.
Love for our brothers and sisters is the first and most necessary gift which marks us out as true disciples of Christ. Hence our entire missionary life is governed and shaped by this love.
We embrace chastity as a gift which enables us to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to the concerns of the Father. For through this gift of chastity, the Lord Jesus manifests the power of his glory in the weakness of our flesh, thus drawing all people to hope in the life to come.
The chastity we profess fosters a new kind of fraternal communion in Christ; it builds up a community based neither on blood nor on carnal desire, but on the will of God. In a unique way it frees us to love God and all human beings, and strengthens us to struggle in our apostolic ministry against the powers of evil.
By virtue of our profession we bind ourselves by vow to perfect continence in celibacy.
Imitating Jesus Christ, we profess the poverty of the gospel. For our sake he made himself poor though he was rich, that we might become rich by his poverty. We leave all things behind and, like the Apostles, follow the Lord, thus reminding our brothers and sisters of the good things of the world to come.
Voluntary poverty builds up a fraternal community that is one in heart and mind: a community which is expressed in sharing its material and spiritual goods with the poor and in serving them.
Our poverty is apostolic, which means that our life and activities should be imbued with the spirit of poverty. Avoiding every appearance of luxury or of the accumulation of wealth and possessions, we should see to it that our furnishings, food and clothing are in keeping with those of the poor. We should always regard our goods as being at the disposal of others. We should aim at being truly poor both in fact as in spirit.
Through our profession of obedience we offer to God the free ability to arrange the course of our lives, and we bind ourselves by vow to obey the commands of our lawful superior. Thus we are made conformable to Jesus Christ, who for our sake became obedient even to death, death on a cross, and are united in all we do with the saving will of God.
Our missionaries should grow accustomed to obeying the Lord promptly and perfectly out of love, subjecting themselves to others for the Lord’s sake. With this disposition of mind, our missionaries will be available to be sent anywhere in the world and ready for whatever ministries to which the Congregation through its superior might assign them.
We should imitate Christ’s constancy in prayer and take to heart his recommendations and teachings on prayer without ceasing. Led by the light of faith, we should search for signs of the Father’s will in all that happens in our lives, thus growing daily more responsive to our mission.
Before we dutifully proclaim the Lord’s word, we should listen to it in attentive meditation and intercede with God for the Church and for the life of the world. We should wholeheartedly celebrate the Eucharist, visit and worship him in the Eucharist, as well as by faithfully offering daily prayer.
As loving sons we should honour the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Conformity with Christ
We must keep our gaze fixed on Christ, imitate him, and be so steeped in his spirit that it will no longer be we who live, but Christ who truly lives in us.
We should bear in mind that the Lord has told us:
“Anyone who loses his life for my sake and for the sake of the gospel will save it.” (Matthew 10:39)
It is then fitting that we strive to rejoice in all sorts of hardship: hunger, thirst, nakedness, hard work, slander, persecution and every tribulation, so that we may be able to say with the Apostle Paul:
“It is out of the question that I should boast at all, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)
Fulfilling our Mission
Our special calling among the people of God is the ministry of the Word, whereby we communicate the integral mystery of Christ to humanity.
Our Congregation fulfils its proper mission by raising up and strengthening communities of believers, either by leading people to conversion to God through faith or by renewing their life in Christ and leading them to perfection in it.
Progressing in Missionary Life
We should strive to grow fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself so as to be more effective in communicating the grace of the gospel to others.
We should strive to walk in newness of life setting our hearts on God, doing everything with an upright intention and true fervour of heart, bearing adversities for his sake.