The Community is a Private Association of the Faithful. She is the image of the primitive Christian community, and brings together all the states of life of God´s people. Each member of the Community body is called to be consecrated to the Community, that is, to be available and free, set apart for the work of God, through the community. This is a new form of consecrated life. This consecration requires a letting go of the old way of life so we can be available to the call of the missions. Everyone agrees to implement, according to their state of life, the spirit of the evangelical counsels which are chastity, poverty, and obedience to Christ.
Reunited in the Community are three states of life, all living the same common Rule of Life: singles, couples, and consecrated. These states of life are different, but recognized as necessary and complementary. Let us remember that a state of life is not an end in itself but a means given by God for a single objective, which is heaven and holiness.
“So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.”(1 Jn 4.16)
All are called to the same holiness, the same community life and the same founding charism. The Community recognizes the equal dignity of the vocation of all its members as a work of the Spirit, founded on Baptism and Confirmation and sustained by the Eucharist. It is also the Holy Spirit that allows this ecclesial plurality to be lived in an organic communion of diverse vocations, charisms and ministries.
Couples & Families
The vocation for couples and families who live in community is very different from the vocation of Christian couples engaged in the world.
“Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”(Josh 24.15)
The Second Vatican Council spoke of the “age of the laity in the Church.” Currently, we see the flourish of couples and families engaged to full time service to the Church. This is an undeniable fact. In community, this reality should be recognized and respected, as each couple and family constitutes “a community within the community”.
Virginal consecration is a call from God and a charism that the community welcomes with joy and thanksgiving. Consecration in the community rests on the baptismal grace of each one, and of each one taking root in it. Your source is Baptism, its strength and its flame is the Eucharist.
The consecrated among us are called to leave everything to follow Jesus more closely. It’s a radical call to love Jesus above all else.
The community recognizes the consecrated life which is in the heart of the community as a precious and noble good: “pillars carved to adorn a palace”, the “apple of his eye”. (See Ps 144: 12; Zech 2: 12).
Some brothers who have made their way into the consecrated life can aspire to a call to the permanent diaconate or priesthood. It is with thanksgiving and joy that the community welcomes each of these callings.
Some diocesan priests and permanent deacons who are already ordained can be called by the Lord to join the community. As for each one of the brothers and sisters of the community, all that is contained in the Statutes and Rule of Life also concerns the ordained brothers: priests and deacons.
Each ordained brother is careful to maintain ties of communion and proximity to the leaders of the community, as well as with their incardinated Bishop and the ordinary Bishop of their place of life and mission. He exercises his ministry in the heart of the community and in the missions that may be entrusted to him.
The word celibacy derives from the Latin word “coelibatus”, which means “One who prepares for heaven”! There is no question of celibacy for the Kingdom, as spoken about in the Gospel of Matthew, but this is about those who are not married or consecrated (See Mt 19: 12). A word from St. John can well define this state of celibacy:
“He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled.” (Jn 3.29)
In this sense, the friend, the celibate person, is in the intimacy of the Bridegroom, and stays close, listening to His voice. Above all, their joy is complete. Celibacy is not an intermediate situation (on the fence), or, as the world might suggest, a vocation that is unfinished. Celibacy is characterized by its availability to the community and to the Kingdom of God.