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Fraternal Life in Community
text-fraternal-life-in-cty-Christ’s personal call gathers us in community, for the glory of God and in a concrete experience of communion. Like the Apostles, we too have left everything behind in order to be with Christ and to put ourselves, as Christ did, at the service of God and our brothers and sisters.  The Church is essentially a mystery of communion, in the image of the Holy Trinity. Our fraternal life seeks to reflect the depth and richness of this mystery. Each person of the Trinity gives more importance to the other than to itself. The spirit of loving mutual service is revealed in Jesus washing the disciples’ feet (Jn 13:1-2, 4-5). At the end of the scene, Jesus commands his disciples to do what they have seen him doing: to live a life of self-giving love.

Through the Holy Spirit who pours this love into our hearts, we experience an interior call to share everything in common: material goods and spiritual experiences, talents and inspirations, apostolic ideals and charitable service.

fraternal-life-in-cty-2Such as every social group, our religious community needs a guide to live this experience of sharing. The exercise of authority is to be understood as a ministry of service. The Superior encourages her Sisters in the practice of the Oblate way of life, especially to fidelity to the Constitutions and the Directory which will give them a new apostolic energy, animated and sustained by confidence in the presence of Christ and the power of the Spirit. She is responsible in animating the life of the community, creating an atmosphere of mutual confidence, simplicity and joy. She shall foster fraternal collaboration, incite her Sisters to a responsible obedience and be vigilant in maintaining a balance of spiritual, fraternal and apostolic life of the community.

Testimony of a Sister

Community life is a “WE” and not an “I” life. In following God’s call to join the Oblate Sisters, I have discovered the central place community life takes. Although each Sister is in charge of different apostolic works, as a community, we strive to work for one communal aim, to testify of God’s unconditional love. We pray and grow together in joys and pains; we encourage, help, and sustain each other. If we want our community to become a place of healing, forgiveness and mutual trust, we have to dialogue in order to understand and to accept each other. Different backgrounds, ages, characters, nationalities and cultures make this a challenging adventure! Our encounters in mutual respect and esteem, sharing our talents and different opinions, help us in our daily conversion in our discipleship. This spiritual and human growth of consecrated women is sometimes difficult to live. It demands sacrifices. We find our strength to overcome difficulties through our life with Christ. The more each of us is united to Christ, the centre, life and soul of the community, the more we will be united to one another.

What a joy to belong to a community build up in Christ, through Christ and for Him!