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
Apostolic community is not about a group of people living happily with each other but it exists in order to help its members to keep focussed on the Savior. Our Oblate Rule of Life puts it beautifully:
While maintaining within ourselves an atmosphere of silence and inner peace, we seek his presence in the hearts of the people and in the events of daily life as well as in the Word of God, in the sacraments and in prayer. We are pilgrims, walking with Jesus in faith, hope and love.
CC&RR, Constitution 31
This attitude is true as the ideal for all our communities, as religious, as associates, as friends St Eugene – for all the various communities that make up the apostolic missionary Mazenodian Family. We held each other to find the presence of God in everything around us.
“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” C. S. Lewis