Community July 18
The . . . Crosier has an essential knowledge of the charism of the founder . . . and the spiritual patrimony of the Order (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).
Charism means the unique grace given to Blessed Theodore de Celles and his companions and finally shared with the confreres in every epoch. The charism that calls, identifies, sustains and gives the Order its objective is historically marked by seven consistent elements:
The spirituality of the Glorious Cross as the revelation of salvation and the model of Christian life.
The ambiance of prayer as the organization of daily life to support the contemplation of the Christian mysteries.
Liturgy as the preeminent and most formational celebration and witness of the community.
Community as the fraternal sharing of life according to the Rule of St. Augustine.
Poverty as the community of goods that is characterized by simplicity, moderation, justice and charity.
Hospitality as the ministry that welcomes and helps guests in the community and witnesses the Gospel to them.
Ministry as the response to the needs of the local and universal Church through the ordained and lay ministries and the use of community resources.
To throw well, you have to bring your hand behind. (Mossi)