Life in Community
“In his wise providence God will always unite such sisters in a religious family as will help one another in the attainment of the virtues and the perfection required in their holy state of life.”
“If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for her own interests, but also everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus. ”
The proverb “Unity is Strength”, which has been chosen as the guide for our common life and apostolate, will promote and fortify the inner unity which is anchored in God.
Blessed are they who have the interests of others at heart like their own – they shall bring about peace and unity.
Blessed are they who are always ready to make the first step – they shall discover that the other is much more open than he or she can show.
Blessed are they who never say: enough is enough! -they shall find the new beginning.
Blessed are they who first listen and then talk – people will listen to them.
Blessed are they who hear the grain of truth in every statement of a discussion – they shall be able to mediate objectively.
Blessed are they who never take advantage of their position – they will be honored.
Blessed are they who are never offended or disappointed – they will bring about armony.
Blessed are they who can accept defeat – they will create space for the Lord.
(cf. Matthew 5:2-10)
Bishop Klaus Hemmerle
Authentic Living For Mission – a personal reflection
“Our Life – which is mission itself – gives glory to God.”
(General Chapter Mandate 2012)
Ask any Missionary Sister of the Precious Blood her understanding of ‘community’ and you will receive a number of common responses. “The origin of all community is God in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. The basis of a religious community is a strong faith, a special charism and a common mission.” (Constitutions # 401)
From our daily lived experiences, my hope is that you might also receive some personal beliefs about community which enrich the way we live our common life for mission.
As the times change so certain elements, already present within our charism, receive special emphasis. Living together in diversity of culture and striving to be reconcilers are two such areas. God has invited us into this particular Congregation to live out our common charism wherever we live. This is truly a challenge which only God’s grace can enable us to live in our various communities and ministries.
Community, for me, embraces all of humanity beginning with those who I pray with, share faith with, laugh with and serve with. There are no boundaries if I respond to God’s call, always trusting in His grace.
Some peoples have a tendency to close ranks and become suspect of those who are different. We witness daily the violence caused from fear and power which has resulted in millions of men, women and children being snatched away from home, work and family. Has our world ever known so many homeless, refugees and immigrants as we see today? Their stories touch our hearts and spur us into prayer, action and advocacy.
Because of this, our CPS communities are called today in an urgent way to be inclusive, open and peace-builders. Whoever suffers should find a home in a CPS heart.
As we reflect on Jesus in His final agony, we see that Jesus’ blood flowed forth from His sacred body. We also become profoundly aware that as Jesus suffered, His primary concern was for the welfare of His Mother Mary and to offer forgiveness to those who treated Him so terribly.
As individual CPS and as CPS communities, we are challenged to live as Jesus did wherever we are and in whatever circumstances. Is this really possible, you and I both ask? With God, all things are possible and to this promise we need to hold true. Those who suffer are counting on us to be faithful witnesses.