Our Way of Life is our promises, the self-imposed “restrictions” that actually free us for our work and spiritual growth.
Our Way of Life is to imitate closely the life of Christ. To counter the world’s indulgence of power, individuality, sensuality, comfort, luxury and wealth, we practice austerity in our day-to-day life.
Obeying God through our superiors, our rules and prayer life, helps us to choose His will over ours.
Chastity preserves our heart and bodies for Christ.
Poverty helps us remember that our true home and treasures await us in heaven. Since we serve and live only among the poorest of the poor, we own nothing and use only what we need of the world’s goods.
This dying to ourselves is a bloodless martyrdom for Christ an act of faith and love to counter society obsession with selfish individualism and is a lifelong struggle that causes pain because it requires that we become vulnerable and transparent truly human so that Christ may shine through us. It also prepares us for our “yes” should Christ ask us to die for our faith.
God is our provider (Mt. 6: 25–33). Therefore, we will not work for monetary gain, but only for the purpose of healing and building up the kingdom of Heaven on earth. Like the poor, we trust in Divine Providence for all our needs, including our health care.
Living Christianity faithfully can only be done in loving union with Christ (Lk10:16;11:23) and His Vicar on earth, the Pope (Mt.16:19) and the Magisterium (Acts15:7), who for 2,000 years (Acts 2:42) have guarded (Mt.18:17,18) and maintained (Mt.28:18–20) the untainted (1Tim3:15) fullness of Christianity as Jesus promised (Mt 16:18).
Sister Gianna Mara has now made her first private vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Here are a few words from her reflecting on the experience.
Father Philip´s words for us for this Christmas time.