In a spirit of joy-filled simplicity we endeavor by word and example to promote a community atmosphere conducive to growth in the spiritual life. This joy-filled simplicity flows from the very source and center of religious life, the Eucharist – the Sacrament of Love, the sign of unity, and the bond of charity.
As a family gathered together in the Lord’s name, we consider our first and most important mission – the mission of love. ~Holy Rule
“There is here a convergence of “yesses” to God which unites a number of religious into one single community of life. Consecrated together – united in the same “yes,” united in the Holy Spirit – religious discover every day that their following of Christ, ‘obedient, poor and chaste,’ is lived in fraternity, as was the case with the diciples who followed Jesus in his ministry. They are united with Christ, and therefore called to be united among themselves.” (Fraternal Life in Community, Pope John Paul II)
On religious life and evangelism…
“Religious life ought to promote growth in the Church by way of attraction. The Church must be attractive. Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living! It is possible to live differently in this world. We are speaking of an eschatological outlook, of the values of the Kingdom incarnated here, on this earth. It is a question of leaving everything to follow the Lord. No, I do not want to say ‘radical’. Evangelical radicalness is not only for religious: it is demanded of all. But religious follow the Lord in a special was, in a prophetic way. It is this witness that I expect of you. Religious should be men and women who are able to wake the world up.”
“You should be real witnesses of a world of doing and acting differently. But in life it is difficult for everything to be clear, precise, outlined neatly. Life is complicated; it consists of grace and sin. He who does not sin is not human. We all make mistakes and we need to recognise our weakness. A religious who recognises himself as weak and a sinner does not negate the witness that he is called to give, rather he reinforces it, and this is good for everyone. What I expect of you therefore is to give witness. I want this special witness from religious.” - Pope Francis