Too often we get stuck in the small world of our comfort. Jesus calls us out.
I love this quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
“The disciple simply burns his boats and goes ahead. He is called out... The old life is left behind, and completely surrendered. The disciple is dragged out of his relative security into a life of absolute insecurity... out of the realm of the finite...into the realm of infinite possibilities.”
Jesus invites us to burn our boats. To burn your boats means you are all in. You are committed. There is no turning back. Jesus invites to be set in our mission and know who we are.
One of the things we are striving to do as a missionary organization is to be clear about what defines us and the way we strive to live our life. We’ve put together our rule of life. A rule of life is a defining document that explains who you are. It’s the spirituality behind our mission. We want our rule of life to be simple and clearly state what we are about. We want to invite you to share in our spirituality and mission.
RULE OF LIFE-
Who we are:
Jesus was a vagabond. We seek to imitate him as vagabond missionaries.
“He emptied himself” and came into the world in poverty (Philippians 2:7.) Like Jesus we will choose and embrace our poverties in life. Our hope is the person of Jesus Christ. The grace and mercy of God are our only true riches and we desire to share those riches with the lost and forgotten. We are committed to investing our personal gifts, finances, and lives to this mission.
Where do we go:
“He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” Out of our poverty, we will seek to listen to the call of Jesus and to be obedient.
We go out. The Good News compels us out of our comfort. Our desire is to be the physical presence of Christ and his Church to the neighborhoods and the kids the world has forgotten.
What we do:
Like Paul, “we [are] determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well” (1 Thessalonians 2:8.) We commit to building authentic community through sharing the gospel and our lives.
The words of St. Teresa of Calcutta sum up our call and our spirituality, “Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”
Daily, we commit to mental prayer, the examination of our conscience, and the reading of scripture.
Weekly, we participate in daily Mass at least three days a week and spend two hours of prayer before the blessed sacrament.
Monthly, we receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, participate in spiritual direction, and take a spiritual day of reflection to refocus our lives and mission on Jesus.
We are committed learners as we pray and study scripture and do spiritual reading. We will be attentive to God’s presence in ordinary, daily life.
We will seek the Holy Spirit in all things. He is the life that moves us. We entrust our ministry and our lives to Jesus through the hands of his mother, Mary.