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Evangelization of the Culture

SSVM Vows

The objective that we intend is twofold. It is to seek the glory of God and the salvation of souls– our own and our brethren’s – especially by practicing the virtues that make us participate more fully in the humbling of Christ himself (Cf. Phil 2:7-8; PC 5).

Specifically, we commit all our strength to inculturate the Gospel, that is to say, to extend the Incarnation “to all men, in the whole man, and in all of the manifestations of man,”6 in accordance with the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church.7 In this respect, His Holiness John Paul II teaches: “The term ‘acculturation’ or ‘inculturization,’ may well be a neologism, but it expresses very well one of the elements of the great mystery of the Incarnation (Bl. John Paul II) .”

Universal End

Like all institutes of the consecrated life, we have a universal and common end, which is we want to follow more closely Christ with the practice of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, and obedience, under the action of the Holy Spirit, in order to give ourselves to the glory of God and to the edification of the Church and the salvation of souls.

For this we consecrate ourselves totally to God professing public vows, manifesting the admirable betrothal established by God in the Church, sign of heavenly life.

This consecration is manifested in forming a family, professing public vows and living a fraternal life in common.  The public testimony we must give includes separation from the world.

Specific End

Finally, as the specific and singular end, we want to dedicate ourselves to the evangelization of the culture – to work to transform “through the power of the Gospel:

Pro-life

mankind’s criteria of judgment,

  • determining values,
  • points of interest,
  • lines of thought,
  • sources of inspiration
  • models of life,”

so that the “very power of the Gospel should permeate

  • thought patterns,
  • standards of judgment,
  • and norms of behavior.” (Const. 26)

 

Education

We consider that some of the most important means of reaching the established purpose are to work concerning the key areas of the culture, namely: families, education (especially in seminaries, universities and colleges), mass media and the thinkers or intellectuals. Regarding the latter, we will work in the initiation, calling, development, discernment, formation, consolidation, accompaniment and the further exercise of the vocation to the intellectual apostolate (Const. 29).