THE FOUNDING VISION TODAY: THE COMPASS OF PERSONAL ENCOUNTER

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.

Apostles

“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

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One Response to THE FOUNDING VISION TODAY: THE COMPASS OF PERSONAL ENCOUNTER

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    As I reflect on this an image forms of people who are fully engaged in life, each loving and supporting the other while being loved and supported by the other. Each serving the other. And that image grows to include those who they are encountering and reaching out to. “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

    “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″ And as Frank said; ” 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.” I am struck by the unbelievable beauty, tenderness and wonder of these words and this way of being. Beginning with Jesus, then Eugene, and Frank…. More than words they are alive giving description to how we live. As I see them I recognize their truth and know that I have experienced this myself and met it in others. There is not only wisdom in these Rules of Life which some of us are now beginning to look at – there is also immense tenderness and love from which they were born. It gives new meaning to the word ‘inspired’.

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