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Nature and Mission of the Movement

"Once you were no people

but now you are God's people;

a chosen race, a royal priesthood,

a holy nation, God's own people."

(1 Pt 2:9-10)

 

"Family, become what you are!"

(FC No. 17)

 

NATURE AND MISSION OF THE MOVEMENT

1 - Our Movement known as the Lay Missionaries of Charity, is an International Association of lay persons, both married and single:

- who take juridically  private annual vows of (conjugal) chastity, poverty, obedience and whole-hearted free service to the poorest of the poor, lived according to each one's own state of life;

with a life marked by prayer and a spirit of joyful sacrifice within their own families and in the heart of the world, and thus living an upright and holy life in every place, consecrating the world entirely to God, aided by a spiritual father who understands and shares the spirit of the Missionaries of Charity;

- who are intimately linked to the family of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and with whom they are spiritually affiliated;

who fully recognise the Magisterium of the Church, and respect and obey its ministers.

2 - The spirit of the Lay Missionaries of Charity is one of total abandonment to God's holy will, child-like trust in His Fatherly care and readiness for service in profound humility after the example of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

3 - The aim of the lay Missionaries of Charity is to quench the infinite thirst of Jesus on the Cross for the love of souls, by means of the annual profession of the four juridically private vows according to the Statutes.

4 - The special mission of the LMCs is to work for the salvation and the sanctification of the members of their own families and of the poorest of the poor of the whole world:

with their constant effort to transform their own families into true sanctuaries of love by means of family prayer, dialogue, sharing and service;

doing ordinary little things with extraordinary love, for the greater glory of God;

- living a life of prayer, penance and servicemarked by simplicity, humility, and the practice of the Gospel teachings; loving and adoring Jesus under the species of Bread and Wine;

- with their consecrated presence in the heart of the world;

- loving and serving Jesus hidden under the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor;

- giving material help according to their own means and spiritual comfort to all those who are in need;

- sharing, as far as possible, the work and the life of the Missionaries of Charity;

accepting with joy their own sufferings and offering them to the Lord in total surrender, loving trust and cheerfulness.

5 - The Patron of the LMCs is the Holy Family of Nazareth, the model of life and source of inspiration.

6 - The sign of the consecration is a simple crucifix which they receive at the beginning of the period of formation, to be worn over the heart or around the neck, and a large one is given at the time of first profession.

7 - The mode of dress is simple and dignified: a sign of the dedication to serving the poorest of the poor and as an example of modesty for all.