SPIRITUALITY AND NATURE
The spirituality of the Marian Missionary Sisters of the Poor draws its source from Saint Benedict’s Christ-centred spirituality. This entails following Christ’s footsteps in “stability, fidelity to the Congregation’s way-of-life and obedience.” (Rule of St Benedict 58:18) This way-of-life is commonly taken to incorporate poverty and celibacy as intrinsically part of the imitation of the poor, celibate and obedient Christ. It is a continuation of the Apostolic Family we see in Acts of the Apostles 2:42. Saint Benedict’s way-of-life invites us to cast aside fear and embrace humility in acknowledging our nothingness as we journey in faith towards the fullness of Christ. To attain this sublime truth, members should always see themselves as beginners as they strive daily as a community to learn the truth about themselves in the light of God’s revelation, relying solely on God. This is a process that will lead to compassion and the humility of Christ. Members are to aspire to live in a sacramental community that continually celebrates God’s ultimate gift of love in the Paschal mystery. Their spiritual growth is to be enhanced through active participation in their communal and private prayer and spiritual reading which is intended to promote their communion with God and those they come in contact with, as well as deepen their spiritual insight and development.
- The Congregation of the Marian Missionary Sisters of the Poor is an Institute of consecrated life of active apostolate in the model of our Blessed Mother Mary, who is an example of compassion, selfless love and humility in service to the needy. The Congregation is of a diocesan right (after obtaining the approval of the Local Ordinary of the diocese of its founding base).
- The congregation as an institute of consecrated life, “dedicated in a special way to the service of God and of the whole Church” is subject to the Supreme authority of the Church. (cf: Can. 590)
- “Individual members” of the congregation “are bound to obey the Supreme Pontiff as their highest Superior, by reason also of their sacred bond of obedience.” (cf: 590 §2). Also, as institute of diocesan right, they are subject to the ecclesiastical authority of the Local diocesan Bishop of their diocese of abode.