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Culture  

Culture can be defined as “what you celebrate and what you tolerate”. As missionaries, we believe that a powerful culture communicates more than words ever will. Our core values reflect the culture we desire to foster in the world through our community and individual witness.

Culture  

 

Culture can be defined as “what you celebrate and what you tolerate”. As missionaries, we believe that a powerful culture communicates more than words ever will. Our core values reflect the culture we desire to foster in the world through our community and individual witness.

Prioritize the Interior Life

"... I am sick with Love. " --Song of Songs 5:8

Be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers (1 Peter 4:7). We are committed to mental prayer within a daily holy hour, daily meditation, a daily rosary, eucharistic adoration, and frequent confession of our sins. Our missionaries are convicted of the universal call to contemplation and we desire  to be transformed into the person of Christ in this life.  We strive to live a joyful life filled with constant prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. All of our missionary activity is an overflow of His radical love for us. Our evangelization is inspired by  the instruction we receive in prayer from the Holy Spirit, the principal agent of evangelization (Pope St. Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 75). In imitation of Christ, our love takes on an ascetical character as we grow in virtue, letting charity form all the actions we take, so that our love can not only purify our hearts but the hearts of those we serve. The primacy of prayer in the christian life is reflected in our schedule and practice, and through that divine intimacy we participate in the crucified love of Christ that is rooted in the resurrection. This love has the power to restore, redeem, and transform our lives. It is the source and goal of our missionary endeavors. 

“For mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.” 

- St. Teresa of Avila; The Book of Her Life, ch. 8, 5.

Live Liturgically

We center our lives, our team, and ministry around the Church’s liturgy.. We attend Mass daily, structure our routine around liturgical events, and invite those we serve  into liturgical devotions.  Our team participates in the divine office, we celebrate the lives of the Saints, live into the liturgical seasons, we fast and feast, and intentionally embrace the sabbath. We believe the Church as our Mother forms us into her Son primarily through Her prayer through which we participate both individually and communally. Culture has commonly been defined as “what you celebrate, and what you tolerate.” We embrace a liturgical culture in our team and our families, desiring to live out our Catholic faith to the fullest by taking advantage of all the Church has to offer in her rich traditions. We hope, as pilgrims on this earth, to heal society from within in such a way as to center it around the liturgical worship of the Church, which is the prayer of Christ to the Father in the Spirit for the redemption of the world. Through our active participation in the Church’s prayer, the liturgy disciples us as a community toward union with Christ. We believe through the Holy Spirit, the liturgy has been imbued with a formative quality upon our lives. We strive to integrate that prayer into our manner of living starting with the individual, followed by the family, the community, and ultimately the entire world. This liturgical rhythm of prayer keeps our minds renewed in Christ and His works, providing a spiritual tether that allows us to live in the world but not of it.

“Prefer nothing to the love of Christ" (Rule 72: 11; cf. 4: 21) and “let nothing be preferred to the Work of God" [that is, the liturgical prayer of the Church] (43, 3).

 –St. Benedict

Prioritize the Family

The family can be seen as the Domestic Church. The family is the foundation of any civilization and its health is vital for the well being of a society. The family holds the principal place of evangelization because it is the first society. We stand in solidarity with Pope Benedict XVI who said, “The new evangelization depends largely on the Domestic Church.”

This primacy of the family is not without sacrifice for the Gospel.  While this sacrificial love looks different from those called to the priesthood or religious life, the Christ like character of love still remains. We do what is first best for the family to thrive and allow our mission to overflow from the home. As an apostolate, we desire to cater to the family and to host family friendly events while also accompanying men and women in their personal growth. We seek to prioritize family life over financial gains, professional success, media consumption, and societal expectations. We believe for the laity that the greatest witness to holiness is a healthy family life rooted in Christ and His Church as “Matrimony is a Gospel in itself, a ‘Good News’ for the world of today, especially the dechristianized world.( Pope Benedict XVI).” The family is the greatest and first school of virtue because it is the school of love. We desire to accompany couples to strengthen their marriage and empower them to raise their kids virtuously in the faith.

But you surely know that we must love God more than we love our family, and that we must be ready to let go of everything on this earth and that is dear to us rather than to offend God in the least.” 

–Blessed Franz

Foster Ownership of the Great Commission

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." --Matthew 28:19

At Pentecost the Holy Spirit animated the faith of the disciples to be witnesses for Christ. As Christians, we witness to the Gospel with words and deeds, and ultimately, the entirety of our lives. We are called to be prophetic witnesses to the Good News. We want to be a light on a lampstand to the world. We do this through building a community that evangelizes and takes ownership of that responsibility communally and individually. The Church has one vision: to see missionary disciples made of all nations so that all can fully embrace life as children of God. 

The Great Commission was given to the Church as an institution and simultaneously, through our baptism, each of us has a personal obligation to participate in the mission of Christ. . Flowing from our divine intimacy with Jesus, we embrace the call to accompany others in discovering Christ’s love for them and how He desires that love to bear fruit of unique apostolates in the world through their individual calls to sanctify the temporal order. We do not believe we raise up disciples on our own, but rather we strive to intentionally cooperate with God’s grace as He seeks to raise up His people to go out to the ends of the earth proclaiming the good news and setting captives free. Allowing our apostolate to become inculturated wherever the Lord brings us, we foster ownership of this invitation in each parish and community we enter.

“Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians”  

- St. Francis Xavier, S.J.

Build the City of God

We strive to build a society where it is easy to do what is good. We affirm St. Thomas Aquinas when he states that the end of politics is living well together unto virtue. This includes where and how we spend money, where we choose to live, the jobs we have and how we participate in our local community. We desire for our work, our money and every part of our lives to bow in worship of Jesus. We are committed to using our time, talent, and treasure for building the City of God and not the City of Man so as to live the radical call of the Gospel. As Pope St. John Paul II said, the laity “especially are called ‘to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and ordering these in accordance with the will of God.’” (Redemptoris Missio 71). As Christians we know that our excess wealth belongs to the poor in justice and we are committed to living simply for the gospel and for others. By living a “faith-inspired frugality” that understands Christ’s poverty to be embraced by all members of the Church we, with St. Paul, strive to “become all things to all men,” so that we “might by all means save some… for the sake of the gospel” (1 Cor 9:22-23).

We believe that the social teachings of our church are not optional. To separate the social message from the faith message of the gospel is to divide the good news in half, making the proclamation of the Church unintelligible and uncompelling.

We desire to not only help sanctify individuals, families, and parishes through the gospel, but to help sanctify our businesses, politics, education, institutions, and towns. The Church exists for the sake of sanctifying the world, holiness is not limited to the four walls of the parish church, but through the faithful it is meant to pervade every aspect of our lives as leaven to raise up the world to God! Jesus Christ is King of the universe, which includes the social order of our town. Though His kingdom is not of this world, as baptized Christians we bring His kingdom to others through our lives in order to transform the world, eliminating structural sins and consecrating our private and public life to God. This is the call of the laity, to sanctify the temporal order, and we hope to accompany those we journey with in doing so in their unique circumstances and spheres of influence.

A city is “an association of men bound by a common love.. Two loves have made the two cities. Love of self, even to the point of contempt for God, made the earthly city; and love of God, even to the point of contempt for self, made the heavenly city.

–St. Augustine

Form the Whole Person

As Christians, we are called to be dead to all sin and alive in Christ Jesus. Fully alive in our identity and convicted of the call to wholeness, we constantly turn to Jesus for inner healing and the ridding of all vices and strongholds in our lives. We start with ourselves, knowing that apostolate flows from holiness. Jesus came to make us whole, to transform us entirely. Though we know this process is only fully accomplished in heaven, we believe that all aspects of this re-formation within Jesus are essential to apostolic work. As a result, our missionaries embrace life-long ongoing formation in all aspects of the human person (human, spiritual, intellectual, and apostolic), so that we can put off the old man while ever-embracing the new (Ephesians 4:22-24). 

We encourage our missionaries to seek assistance in growing from professionals who have expertise we lack in being able to directly accompany them, such as a psychologist/counselor/psychiatrist, support groups, hobbies/sports, spiritual directors, mentors, ongoing education at academic institutions, and spiritual training programs. Discipleship entails far more than exterior acts of zeal. It must be rooted in a constant desire for configuration of the entirety of ourselves to the Person of Jesus Christ. In doing so, we believe that the Father’s voice can be heard more clearly and embraced more wholly in every season of life.

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself.

-- St John Paul the Great

Form the Whole Person

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” --Romans 12:2

As Christians, we are called to be dead to sin and alive in Christ Jesus. Fully alive in our identity and convicted of the call to wholeness, we constantly turn to Jesus for inner healing and the ridding of all vices and strongholds in our lives. We start with ourselves, knowing that our apostolate flows from holiness and unity with the Lord. Jesus came to make us whole, to transform us entirely, while acknowledging that this process is only fully accomplished in heaven,we believe that the pursuit of this re-formation within Jesus is essential to apostolic work. As a result, our missionaries embrace life-long ongoing formation in all aspects of the human person (human, spiritual, intellectual, and apostolic), so that we can put off the old man while ever-embracing the new (Ephesians 4:22-24). 

We encourage our missionaries to seek assistance in growing from professionals, such as a psychologist/counselor/psychiatrist, support groups, hobbies/sports, spiritual directors, mentors, ongoing education at academic institutions, and spiritual training programs. Discipleship entails far more than exterior acts of zeal, it must be rooted in a constant desire for configuration of the entirety of ourselves to the Person of Jesus Christ. In doing so, we believe that the Father’s voice can be heard more clearly and embraced more wholly in every season of life.

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself.

-- St John Paul the Great