For the Spiritans, the journey into the future is not a guided tour, but rather an around-the-world adventure. On this adventure, the Holy Spirit is in charge, and the needs of the people on the side of the road will determine the stops made.
"Where the spirit leads us." Our mission is consistent; we respond to our changing world.
In the Superior General's report to the 1980 Chapter, we read:
"The Congregation is one of the Church's living cells. Its purpose is the preaching of the Good News of Christ to the world. It came into being for this purpose and in view of precise needs, and it is in this context that it must evaluate its life and service".
Fields of evangelisation change and so do methods and partners....More than ever, evangelisation is seen as the incarnation of the Word of God; it penetrates different cultures and finds a home in the hearts of the people. It is always a source of new life which leads people towards the Father. Spiritans are committed to the renewal of evangelisation, going to meet other people and religions without seeking to dominate them".
The work of God in the world
When we collaborate with other Christian Churches and see evidence of the Saviour's presence also in the life of non-Christians, we discover at an even deeper level that mission is God's work. Instead of placing confidence in our own abilities, we thank the Lord for the marvels he accomplishes even without us and in spite of our poverty.
Letting ourselves be re-evangelised
Mission today is perhaps more demanding than ever before. In various ways, we all have to die: when we find ourselves dispossessed, useless, sinners, uncertain, involved in situations for which we have not been prepared; But it is through dying that we also experience resurrection, renewal of our being, joy at seeing a new Church born, men and women being set free, people uniting and taking in hand their own destiny.
Living as a stranger: welcome and meeting
Whether we work abroad or in our own country, the diversity and mobility of peoples puts us everywhere in contact with people who are different from us. Going to meet them, we discover the riches given them by God's Spirit. Going beyond the frontiers of race, culture and religion, we are assured of finding the Saviour already present, even among those who profess atheism. We recognise that in proclaiming the Gospel to others, we receive more than we give.
Justice and peace in a world of conflicts
We wish to be peacemakers. We wish to promote understanding and pardon where there is hatred and violence, and so be witnesses of Christ, who came to gather all around the same table.
A work for integral liberation: development
We are involved in struggles for development, the changing of unjust structures and the defence of human rights.
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