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SPIRIT AND CHARISM
The Missionary Servants of the Gospel of Life are lay associates established by Servant of the Gospel of Life Sister Diane Carollo, who embrace a spirit that is inspired by the example of St. Vincent de Paul, the apostle of Charity and missionary to the poor, marginalized and destitute. In serving the poor, he taught his disciples that Christ himself was being served.
The Servants of the Gospel of Life and their lay associates, the Missionary Servants of the Gospel of Life, have a special calling to serve the Church through evangelization, catechesis and works of mercy. In a special way, both branches of this evolving religious family are called to serve the poor and spiritually destitute in society.
Unlike material poverty, spiritual destitution is far more serious because it leaves the soul in a state of hopelessness. In our society today, spiritual destitution is prevalent in all age and ethnic groups, and among the rich and poor.
Spiritual destitution is characterized by that spiritual state in which individuals live their lives devoid of any real meaningful relationship with God. Such individuals often adopt sinful lifestyles and make choices that show ignorance or rejection of God’s law, or indifference to their human dignity and eternal destiny.
Whether people are materially poor or spiritually impoverished, the missionary spirit of St. Vincent de Paul teaches us how to serve those most in need in the world. Through evangelization, catechesis and works of mercy we bring the liberating message of the Gospel of Life to all people.
In our service whether as religious or lay associates, we are called to entrust our lives to the Blessed Mother and follow in her footsteps of holiness. We consecrate ourselves to Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, and look to her as our Mother and Patroness in the spiritual life.
Through the example of our Blessed Mother’s fidelity, humility, and submission to the will of the Father in all things, we find the path to the heart of our God. Through the example of her generous self-giving, life of prayer, total abandonment to the Providence of God and simplicity of life, we learn how to embrace the abundant life that is filled with happiness and peace. Through her example of courage at the foot of the cross, to her majestic place in the cenacle after the ascension of our Lord into heaven, we discover our own call to union with Christ that begins on earth and is consummated in heaven.
The spiritual foundation of the Office for Pro-Life Ministry is sustained by the prayers of the Missionary Servants of the Gospel of Life and the Servants of the Gospel of Life.
If you are interested in more information about either branch of this religious family, contact Patty Arthur at 317-236-1569.
DAILY PRAYER OF THE MISSIONARY SERVANTS OF THE GOSPEL OF LIFE AND THE SERVANTS OF THE GOSPEL OF LIFE TO THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE, THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Hail Mary, Virgin of Guadalupe, and Immaculate One from the moment of your conception, the Lord of Life is with you! Today and always we entrust and dedicate ourselves to you who served as the sanctuary, tabernacle and loving mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Mother most holy, we ask you, who treasured all things in your heart, to instruct us on the deeper meaning of life’s mysteries and help us to follow in your footsteps of holiness.
Teach us to be faithful, humble and submissive to the will of the Father as you were at the Annunciation.
Teach us to be self-giving and generous as you demonstrated in your visit to Elizabeth.
Teach us to embrace silence, prayer and adoration, as you knelt before the Christ-Child in the manger.
Teach us to abandon ourselves to Divine Providence as you did in your flight into Egypt.
Teach us to live simply and poorly as you did in Nazareth.
Teach us to be courageous and steadfast in the faith when pain and intense suffering are experienced, following your example at the foot of your Son’s cross.
Teach us to rejoice as you did at the resurrection, when Christ conquered sin and death.
Teach us to hope and to yearn for the kingdom to come, as you prayed to your Son in his ascension to the right hand of the Father.
O Virgin of Guadalupe and Immaculate One, whose presence on Pentecost Sunday with the Apostles reminds us that the most sublime calling in the Christian life is to service, teach us to be Servants of the Gospel of Life and zealous missionaries of the Church, all for the glory of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.