Rule of Life
RULE OF LIFE – VAGABOND MISSIONS
WHO WE ARE
Jesus was a vagabond. We seek to imitate him as vagabond missionaries.
“He emptied himself” and came into the world in poverty (Philippians 2:7). Like Jesus we will choose to embrace our poverties in life. Our hope is the person of Jesus Christ. The grace and mercy of God are our only true riches and we desire to share those riches with the lost and forgotten. We are committed to investing our personal gifts, finances, and lives to this mission.
WHERE DO WE GO
“He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). Out of our poverty, we will seek to listen to the call of Jesus and to be obedient.
We go out. The Good News compels us out of our comfort. Our desire is to be the physical presence of Christ and his Church to the neighborhoods and the kids the world has forgotten.
WHAT WE DO
Like Paul, “we [are] determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well” (1 Thessalonians 2:8). We commit to building authentic community through sharing the gospel and our lives.
The words of St. Teresa of Calcutta sum up our call and our spirituality:
“Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.”
Daily, we commit to mental prayer, the examination of our conscience, and the reading of scripture.
Weekly, we participate in daily Mass at least three times a week and spend two hours of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
Monthly, we receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, participate in spiritual direction, and take a spiritual day of reflection to refocus our lives and mission on Jesus.
We are committed learners as we pray and study scripture and do spiritual reading. We strive to be attentive to God’s presence in ordinary, daily life.
We will seek the Holy Spirit in all things. He is the life that moves us. We entrust our ministry and our lives to Jesus through the hands of his mother, Mary.