Pallotti’s vision of a community for all
Involving everyone, valuing and promoting everyone’s abilities and gifts – this is part of the Pallottine profile. The diversity of people reveals something about God, since each person is an image of God, and yet no two images are alike. A symbol of the appreciation of diversity is found in the New Testament scene of women and men praying at Pentecost: the Spirit goes far beyond the space in which people are praying – the Spirit blows wherever it pleases.
Vincent Pallotti wanted a community – […] fashioned in such a way, that all Catholics, clergy and lay people, men and women, educated and uneducated, rich and poor, nobles and commoners, irrespective of their status, their profession and their wealth can take part in it. The Pallottines are a part of this open and diverse international association (UAC). This goes back to an inspiration which Vincent Pallotti had on January 9, 1835, as he was praying after the Eucharistic Celebration and meditating on the meaning of the Feast of the Epiphany.
A community of such openness and diversity provides a firm foundation for different ways of life. In this Society of the Catholic Apostolate, brothers and priests live and work together. This togetherness is built on the wealth of the Christian tradition. Pallotti, who was well educated, drew from the breadth of the history of spirituality and included everything that seemed helpful to him or others. He was ahead of his time as he broke new ground and gave his community the task of being imaginative and innovative when it comes to the glory of God and the salvation of humanity and each individual.
The image of the Triune God
Pallotti challenges us to see the image of the Trinity in all people. The way to this can be found through the encounter with others, a getting to know God out of our being together. In this, God’s commitment to people is to become tangible in the light of the biblical stories and the life of Jesus. In the various daily situations of life and, at times, also in the seclusion for reflection and prayer, we encounter the same presence of God, God’s impact everywhere. The challenge lies in combining the different phases of work, community life and prayer into one: an active contemplative life.
God would give himself always and everywhere in his infinite love if humans did not limit him. One can experience this love by absorbing God’s love for the world and trying to give oneself – not only doing and giving something, but giving all and with it your Self.
A spirituality which pulls down boundaries
Pallottine spirituality pulls down boundaries. Being a Christian means to make no differences in the openness towards others, to be all things to all people. Pallotti challenges us to respond to God’s infinite love in a boundless way. Therefore, the Pallottine ministries can be found at the heart as well as on the margins of the church, on the periphery of society, as well as in leading, highly responsible positions, or in science and research. Pallotti’s option for all commands us to seek both locally and globally that which unites the various world views than that which divides them.
Pallottines place themselves at the service of the unity of the human family as tools and instruments. This is a central task of the Church since the Second Vatican Council. Creating networks and cooperating is the core mandate of the Pallottine mission. Collaboration is not limited to members and friends or to Catholics, but goes far beyond and invites all people of goodwill.
This attitude leads to dialogue, even if the other side breaks it off. We must not and will never give up people and our relationship to them.