Theological foundation of the Apostolate “AS THE FATHER HAS SENT ME SO I SEND YOU.” (Jn 20:21).
Living in close relationship with Jesus, the Master from Nazareth, forms us into His likeness and enables our readiness to be sent. The Church invites us, that leaving all for Christ (Mk 3:13-14), we would follow Him (see. Mt 19:21) listen to His words (Lk 10:39), and care about His work (see. 1 Cor 7:32) Our identification with Christ means acceptance and internalization of His aspirations and His way of life.
There is a close relationship between our consecration and the apostolate. We are aware of the fact that the fruitfulness of our religious life depends on our relationship with Jesus Christ, because “ The more consecrated persons allow themselves to be conformed to Christ, the more Christ is made present and active in the world for the salvation of all” We realize that our whole life should be imbued with the apostolic spirit and that the apostolic activity should be filled with contemplation.
The Church, in her teaching, reminds us of the interdependence of three essential elements of religious life: the spiritual life, community and mission. Religious life will have a more apostolic effect the deeper the members entrust themselves to God; the more their community life is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood; and the more fervent the members are in their commitment to the particular mission of their Institute.
“The spiritual life must therefore have first place in the program of Families of consecrated life, in such a way that every Institute and community will be a school of true evangelical spirituality. Apostolic fruitfulness, generosity in love of the poor, and the ability to attract vocations among the younger generation depend on this priority and its growth in personal and communal commitment.”
“May the divine Kingdom of Christ flourish in you and spread to others souls through you.”
All our apostolic activity is rooted in the community and it draws its strength from the community. Our active involvement in community life gives us the power for apostolic ministry. We fulfill our ministry on behalf of the community and the community adopts as its own the ministry entrusted to each one of us.
Way of Love, Ratio Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth