Essential Apostolic Concern of the Congregation

Let the following Material evoke Reflection, Prayer and Dialogue

Reflect on images and experience

  • Attend to your image of God and let it inform and affect how you reflect and give expression to your essential apostolic concern. Notice what challenges you beyond your current thinking/understanding of God. Notice also your resistances and search for clues of their source.
  •  As you reflect back on your life and on the phrase “The essential Apostolic Concern (mission) of the Congregation” what thoughts, feeling are awakened in you? Notice your feelings, your hopes, fears, regrets, the things that draw you to thanksgiving. Note how your apostolic concerns have found expression at different times of your life. Maybe share a memory, a photo, an insight that has been evoked.

Engage with Scripture

  • Engage a Scripture passage in dialogue with the Call to make nurturing the faith-view of life your essential apostolic concern. Notice what may have been the essential apostolic concern of Jesus. Share an insight, question that is evoked in you?

"If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me something to drink’, you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has sent me to bring Good News” (Luke 4:18).

Ponder one of these contemporary readings

In what ways could the reminder, that nurturing the faith-view of life is the essential apostolic concern of the Congregation, make a difference to how we live and share life in community and ministry? Dream new dreams, new ways of giving expression to your apostolic concern for this time!

"Only when humanity is no longer divided will there be no strangers and aliens. So unless each of us is committed to creating new communities, crafted from our respective raw materials (ME, YOU, US, and THEM but transformed once again into WE), the idea of Christianity will remain a dream, and our failure to realize it will be an insult to God...
Transformation requires radical commitment. It will not destroy our lives, but it will surely help to erode some of our cherished privileges.
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- Anthony J. Gittins, ‘Called to be Sent: Co-Missioned as Disciples Today'

“My sense is that the ministry of the American church is in many ways fatigued and close to despair. That is so because we are double minded. On the one hand, we have some glimpses of the truth of God’s gospel of relinquishment and reception. And we see where it may lead us in terms of social reality. On the other hand, the church is so fully enmeshed in the dominant values of our culture that freedom for action is difficult. In any case, it is evident that ministry will be freed of fatigue, despair, and cynicism only as we are able to see clearly what we are up to, and then perhaps able to act intentionally. Such intentionality is  dangerous and problematic, but when and where the church acts with such freedom and courage, it finds the gift of new life is surprisingly given”.
-Walter Brueggermann, Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile

"Have you met Christ recently?
The two on the road to Emmaus met Him.
They didn’t recognise him.
Well, not until they broke bread with Him.
I saw a young man, sitting on the pavement, the other day
Shivering, badly dressed, a paper cup in front of him.
"A junkie”, I thought, “or maybe Christ.”
I don't know.
We didn’t break bread."
- Patrick Clarke SSC

 

 

 

Sr Brid Ryan SSJG, Congregational Leader



Images: James Tissot, The Ruins (Inner Voices) 1885. Public Domain