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
Called to come together by the vision of St Eugene, community is not an end in itself. We come together to respond to the call to bring salvation to the most abandoned.
The words of Parker Palmer, written in the context of the particular struggles of the USA in 1980, continue to give us something to think about today:
“Community is another one of those strange things which eludes us if we aim directly at it. Instead, community comes as a by-product of commitment and struggle. It comes when we step forward to right some wrong, to heal some hurt, to give some service. Then we discover each other as allies in resisting the diminishments of life. It is no accident that the most impressive sense of community is found among people in the midst of such joyful travail: among blacks, among women, among all who have said no to tyranny with the yes of their lives.” (“The Promise of Paradox”)
If this is so powerfully true of great humanitarian ideals, how even much more powerful is an intentional apostolic community that gathers around the Savior to join Him in His “no to tyranny with the yes of our lives!” This is the ongoing vision of Eugene de Mazenod today.