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Living Christ’s Prayer for his Disciples in the 21st Century Part One

 

Let us often recall, my dear Sisters, what we must never forget, that we are in the world but not of it, and that we are there only to procure the glory of Jesus Christ to whom we belong. Marie Adelaide de Cice, First Circular Letter (undated)

One of the inspirations on which our founders based the establishment of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary was John 17: 15 in which Jesus prays for his disciples: “I do not ask you to remove them from the world, but to protect them from the evil one.” 

This quote speaks volumes as to what our founders envisioned the Society’s purpose in the world, not just for France, but wherever the Society is present.  They believed that it is essential for us to follow the example of the early Christian communities by living in the same daily circumstances as those around us, while continuing Christ’s mission of “preaching the Good News ” of God’s love to all we encounter by our example.  They realized that at times this would seem to be a very difficult, however, they believed strongly in the fact that Jesus not only prayed for all his disciples at the Last Supper, but also continues to pray for us all on a daily basis.

Choosing to “live in the world, but not of it”, regardless of social status, can have it challenges and costs.  Some of our early Sisters, for example, were employed as seamstresses for the more affluent members of the French society.  Many of the dresses that they were expected to make were very physically revealing and immodest in nature, and our Sisters believed it was inappropriate both to make the dresses and for others to wear them.  After discussing the matter with Adelaide de Cice, one of our founders, they made the decision to cease to make dresses of that nature for their clients even though it would cost income and possibly create a hardship for them.  Although the example I just gave comes from the 18th century, every generation of Sisters since then has had to reflect on how their actions has an impact on others. We need to make our choices of our actions based on the premise that what the “world” views as appropriate and/or expected behavior, may not be the most appropriate way to live the gospel message.  What, for example, is the primary reason for my choice of where I work?  Is it based primarily on salary and status, or is it based on what I believe will best enable me to help others to be aware of God’s love and grow in a loving relationship with God?  We are all called to spread the gospel message of God’s love, and thus God’s glory, to all with whom we interact with, and by asking oneself, before any action , “Is what I am doing because it is an expectation of the world, or of  God?,” makes all the difference in the world

I invite you to reflect on your current life style and ask yourself:

What are some of the ways in which you live more in the world and not of it?  Are there areas of your life that you would like to be less of the world?  What would you need to do to make that occur?  Feel free to share your thoughts and reflections.  Linda S. DHM

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