We have spent a long time reflecting on what our Rule of Life teaches us about the centrality of the Word of God for us. To sum it up, I read it as an invitation to become the Word that we listen to and proclaim. It is an invitation to incarnate the Word. I conclude this series of reflections on Constitution 7 by presenting the whole text, and inviting you to reflect on it slowly.
As priests and Brothers, we have complementary responsibilities in evangelizing.
We will spare no effort to awaken or to reawaken the faith in the people to whom we are sent, and we will help them to discover “who Christ is”.
Our mission puts us on constant call to respond to the most urgent needs of the Church through various forms of witness and ministry, but especially through proclaiming the Word of God which finds its fulfilment in the celebration of the sacraments and in service to others.
We have as our goal to establish Christian communities and Churches deeply rooted in the local culture and fully responsible for their own development and growth.
CC&RR, Constitution 7
“Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer