( STATUTE Ch. 1 - Charism and Spirituality) 






1,6 THE HEART OF THE CHARISM OF THE COMMUNITY is to encourage people toward frequent reception of the Sacraments, or toward a more intense participation in them. To achieve this goal, the brothers and sisters of the Community assiduously dedicate themselves both to prayer (entered into more profoundly in contemplative silence, as secluded as possible from the world) and to the active life of apostolate and evangelization.


1,7 THE CHARISM OF THE COMMUNITY IS PARTICULARLY IMPLEMENTED, most of the time, by going out into the streets in simplicity, poverty, and competence: in the imitation of Christ, who explained the meaning of the Scripture to the disciples of Emmaus along the street, leading them back to the Eucharistic banquet where their eyes were opened as soon as He broke bread (cf. Luke 24:31-32; LG 48).



1,8 THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE COMMUNITY IS FIRST OF ALL CONTEMPLATIVE: founded on the example of Jesus in the Garden of Olives, where He prayed intensely to the Father in order to fulfill the will of God (cf. Luke 22: 39-43), and then on that of Mary, Martha's sister, who in listening to Jesus demonstrated the primacy of listening which was affirmed by Christ himself (cf. Luke 10: 41-42).

1,9 THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE COMMUNITY IS ALSO ACTIVE AND ITINERANT, looking to Jesus who goes from town to town (cf. Matt 9:35; Mark 6:6) and sends his disciples to preach the Gospel to every creature (cf. Mark 16:15-16, 20): particularly going out into the streets with frugality (cf. Matt 10:7-10), simplicity (cf. Matt 10:16), and knowledge (cf. John 17:3; 1 Cor. 13:11; 14:20; 2Pt 1:2).




1,12 The motto for our charism is "Pray and Evangelize" - following the example of Jesus, who, as well as exhorting us to prayer (cf. Matt 26:41), tells us, preach the Gospel as you go, without cost, for the laborer deserves his keep! (cf. Matt 10:7-8, 10).


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