Charism

LOOK AND DO LIKEWISE

JESUS CRUCIFIED – “The Greatest Love”, the Living God, continues to walk in front of us to show Himself on the world’s roads which form “Our Galilee” and are part of our every day life, hidden in the face of every person who suffers and is searching for Peace.

Today, united by a common spiritual journey, a journey of learning to love and live like Jesus Crucified and Risen, we are called to be Instruments of peace and to favour the language of Love.

The Source of our Spirituality is the “LOVE THAT SAVES”.

Jesus on the Cross is the most authentic and perfect expression of the “GREATEST LOVE” for the Father and for all humankind.

THE CHARISM 0F THE INSTITUTE

The charism of an Institute is defined by the specific style of its spirituality; that is, the charism includes all the moments of the day: prayer, apostolate, ascetics, internal occupations etc., but all this has to be completed with the spirit of its specific spirituality.

The spirit of the Institute is a gift of God to the founder for the Institute, and consists in living the precepts of Charity with the spirit of Jesus, according to the divine enlightenment received by the Foundress.

The specific nature of the spirituality of our Institute has been defined by the very Foundress herself in the Preface to the Rules:

“It is the fulfilment of the two great precepts of Charity, according to the Spirit and in imitation of Jesus Christ Crucified”.(UR, pg. 22)

We can say that the Canossian charism cconsists in:

  • living out charity towards God and one’s neighbor
  • looking for the glory of God and the good of one’s neighbor
  • animating all one’s actions and works with the SPIRIT of JESUS CRUCIFIED

… a spirit of charity, gentleness, meekness, and humility, a spirit of zeal and fortitude, a most amiable, most generous and most patient spirit. (Rd, p.19)

How can we reach this goal?

By making the Canossian contempla­tive mode of prayer our own, that is, contemplating the Crucified Lord so that his GRATUITOUS and GENEROUS LOVE might be im­printed on our hearts.