The community of the Apostles with Jesus is the model of our life. Our Lord grouped the Twelve around him to be his companions and to be sent out as his messengers (cf. Mk 3:14). The call and the presence of the Lord among us today bind us together in charity and obedience to create anew in our own lives the Apostles’ unity with him and their common mission in his Spirit.
CC&RR, Constitution 3
This is the model for our Oblate apostolic communities, and the ideal of our Mazenodian Family. Community exists to help us to focus together on the presence of the Savior who invites us to stay with him, and to share this experience with others. Our Rule of Life expresses this beautifully:
We achieve unity in our life only in and through Jesus Christ. Our ministry involves us in a variety of tasks, yet each act in life is an occasion for personal encounter with the Lord, who through us gives himself to others and through others gives himself to us.
CC&RR, Constitution 31.
We need one another to achieve this.
“I want to take my focus off myself and focus on God. It’s like setting your spiritual compass so no matter which way you turn during the day, whatever comes up, then my thoughts go back to Him.” Anne Graham Lotz