CONSTITUTION OF THE INSTITUTE (1858-1870)
PERMANENCE, CONSECRATION AND VOWS
Summarizing the various steps or legal situations in which they lived, we can briefly mention the following. At the beginning there was no special bond. On October 7, 1857, everyone gave up their property. As of July 5, 1860, they made a type of formula of profession. It seems that by 1861 an oath of permanence and the profession of private vows were introduced little by little. After the General Chapter of 1862, Claret prepared a new formula of profession that contained the observance of the ten commandments and the evangelical counsels, a special consecration to God and the Heart of Mary and an oath of perseverance. Throughout 1863 more communities renewed or made this consecration. At the beginning of 1869 Fr. Xifre decided to ask the Holy See if they could make public vows. The Constitutions were approved on February 11, 1870. The Decree was published on May 2nd. On July 15, 1870, Pius IX approved the new formula with public vows. After August 11th all the missionaries made public vows.
The Fruits of Devotion
All my joy was to work, pray, read, and think about Jesus and Mary Most Holy. I enjoyed keeping silence and spoke very little because I liked being alone so as not to be disturbed in my thoughts. I was always content, happy, and at peace with everyone. I never had a quarrel or fight, great or small, with anyone. (Aut 50)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Does your love for Jesus and Mary affect your relationship with others?
- Do you have moments of silence to deepen your inner life?
- Do you try to maintain joy and peace in the difficult moments of your life?
Prayer and spiritual reading are part of the missionary’s apostolic life. Union with the Lord is the source of our missionary fruitfulness. (Briefly comment on these phrases with a brother from your community).
individual human beings are the foundation,
the cause and the end of every social institution.
That is necessarily so, for men are by nature social beings.
This fact must be recognized, as also the fact
that they are raised in the plan of Providence
to an order of reality which is above nature.”
(John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, 219)