200 YEARS AGO:  RULES OF LIFE THAT UNITE ALL ITS MEMBERS IN A COMMON PRACTICE AND A COMMON SPIRIT

Becoming fully what the eight points of the “identikit”of the opening paragraph hold out is the aim and result of living fully according to the Rule. Not only individually, but the Rule gives clear identity, unity and strength to the whole body of Missionaries and assures its continuation and fruits in the lives of those they minister to.

The example of the saints and reason itself make it clear that it is necessary, in order to maintain good order in a Society, to establish certain rules of life that unite all its members in a common practice and a common spirit; it is this that gives the body its strength, maintains its fervour and insures that it endures.

Avant propos, Règle de 1818, Missions, 78 (1951) p.11

 

 

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