“Behold how good and how pleasant it is to live together like brothers.” (Ps. 133)
The 3,000 Claretians are distributed in 370 houses or religious communities wherein the Missionaries – prepare themselves for their apostolic work through a life of prayer and study and – live as brothers:
• loving one another
• helping one another
• having everything in common
like the apostolic community around Jesus.
This fraternal life is nourished by the Eucharist, the sign of unity and bond of love, and by the Word of God. It is also in communitarian way that the Claretians share their mission:
• working as a team
• working individually on community assignments, or
• praying and suffering for the Church in illness or old age
It is actually the way St. Anthony Mary Claret considered the Claretian Community, comparing it to the beehive in which some would leave for the apostolic work, while some others would come in to:
• live in brotherhood
The Claretian Missionaries as do members of other religious Congregations, take the three vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.
In addition, the Claretians, on the day of their Profession, commit themselves: “In special service to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
In their apostolate, they seek to fulfill the motto of the Congregation: “Her sons rose up, and proclaimed her most blessed throughout the world.”
The Blessed Mother, first among the believers and Mother of the Church, inspires them in their missionary life. She conforms them to her Son. Under the maternal action of Mary, the missionaries learn to accept the Word, to give it body of commitment to life and to communicate it with the same readiness and generosity that she did it.
The presence of Mary in the Claretian family brings light and fruitfulness to their urgent and effective endeavors as missionaries and servants of the World.
She is the star of evangelisation.
Apostolic Attitudes and Traits
1. Proclaims the Father that He may be known and loved (the basic meaning of what Claret calls “the glory of God”);
2. Feels that he is anointed and sent to the poor (love urges him to commit himself to humankind);
3. By his own poverty proclaims to mankind the goods of the Kingdom;
4. By his own chastity shows his missionary availability and ardent love;
5. By his own obedience to the Church, the Pope and the Bishops proclaims the mystery of the obedient Christ, the itinerant Christ, intent on the Father’s glory;
6. By his own community life, recalls the apostolic community, which is both evangelized and evangelizing;
7. Faithfully and lovingly lives the Word, which he hears and assimilates, that he may more fittingly fulfill his prophetic function and become an apostle, witness and martyr;
8. Lives a life attentive to the needs of the world and the Church tries a great variety of means to obtain the salvation of mankind, and remains ever alert to what is most urgent, timely and effective.