Way of life
Community of Love Crucified
Christ, revealed in Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and witnessed by the Church, is the Way of Life. We are one with Him in virtue of our baptism.
The vocation of the Love Crucified Community is to live passionately His love revealed at the Cross. There we receive the gift of His thirst, His gaze, His tears, His radical love which holds nothing back. Now He calls us to respond.
The Lord has given our Community this standard:
"Suffer all with Me, no longer two but ONE, in my sacrifice of love"
As brothers and sisters we enter into a covenant with Christ and with each other to live fully this love in the heart of the Church, according to our spirituality (The Simple Path to Union) and mission.
To live fully our Baptism
"The fundamental gift... is that of divine filiation; in other words, the fact that everyone participates in Trinitarian communion. Baptism, which makes men and women "children in the Son" and members of the Church, is the root and source of all other charismatic gifts... (Thus we) participate with increasing intensity in the priestly, prophetic and regal office of Christ... to build the Church, actively and responsibly, according to the gifts... received from God." -Benedict XVI
To Seek constant conversion
"Conversion means swimming against the tide, where the "tide" is the superficial lifestyle, inconsistent and deceptive, that often sweeps us long, overwhelms us and makes us slaves to evil or at any rate prisoners of moral mediocrity. With conversion, on the other hand, we are aiming for the high standard of Christian living, we entrust ourselves to the living and personal Gospel which is Jesus Christ. He is our final goal and the profound meaning of conversion, he is the path on which all are called to walk through life, letting themselves be illumined by his light and sustained by his power which moves our steps. In this way conversion expresses his most splendid and fascinating Face: it is not a mere moral decision that rectifies our conduct in life, but rather a choice of faith that wholly involves us in close communion with Jesus as a real and living Person. ..Repentance is the total "yes" of those who consign their whole life to the Gospel responding freely to Christ who first offers himself to humankind as the Way, the Truth and the Life, as the only One who sets us free and saves us. -Ash Wed, 2010.
At first, commitments may seem to be a burden, but the Lord promised: "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." -Matthew 11:30. "Sanctity does not consist first of all in doing extraordinary things, but in letting God act" -Pope Francis. God's grace makes this way of life liberating and joyful through love. It disposes us to receive a new life in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Ven. Concepción Cabrera de Armida.
"I propose to do ever what is most perfect. I propose to seek in all things Jesus and His Cross, in conformity with His holy will. I propose in my actions to pursue the interests of Christ and not my own. ...I will never be disquieted should circumstances prevent me from observing my 'Rule of life.' I will go on tranquilly. I will be flexible in the face of difficulties, humbly... then onward, ever onward!" -Extract from her "Rule of life", Aug 21. 1894.
Our way of life embraces the following commitments.
All are one: to be one with Christ in His Passion of Love
1-Victims of love in Christ
3-Docility to the Holy Spirit
4-Marian consecration 6-Obedience to Mother Church
5-Fidelity to our state in life
7-Humility and Simplicity
8-Confession and forgiveness
9-Prayer + Fasting + Sacrifice
10-Offering life for others; for priests
12-Study our Faith
Victims of love in Christ
Rom 12:1-2 "I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Vatican II teaches that the faithful "offer to God the Father the Divine Victim in the Sacrifice of the Mass, and join to it the offering of their own lives".
See St. Therese´s act of oblation as a victim of love and her reasons for it >>> Jesus asks her to be a victim of His Merciful Love to be a chanel of His infinite love, not a victim of His justice
We commit to surrender to Jesus without reservation
From the moment of the Incarnation Jesus' life was an offering as a Victim of love to the Father. This was His interior crucifixion which culminated at the cross.
In baptism we became ONE with Christ, ONE in his royal priesthood, ONE as victims of love, partaking in His sacrificial offering of Himself.
As members of His body we say with St. Paul: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Gal 2,20.
This is our identity and joy. All the other commitments in our way of life are to live this fully.
Christ must reign in our hearts.
EucharistJohn Paul II: "For their work, prayers and apostolic endeavours, their ordinary married and family life, their daily labour, their mental and physical relaxation, if carried out in the Spirit, and even the hardships of life if patiently borne-all of these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Pt 2:5). During the celebration of the Eucharist these sacrifices are most lovingly offered to the Father along with the Lord’s body. Thus as worshipers whose every deed is holy, the lay faithful consecrate the world itself to God.
The Eucharist is Christ, our life, the source and summit of all we are and do.
We desire to participate in Holy Mass daily if possible.
At Holy Mass we unite with Jesus in His total love sacrifice to the Father. We go to die to self and receive new life in Him. We become living hosts. We offer ourselves with Jesus to the Father after the consecration of the Precious Blood with this prayer>>
We desire to have a weekly time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
"Eucharist takes us away from our individualism, our particularities that exclude others, to form of us one body" (Benedict XVI)>>
With the Eucharist we renew our victim offering, our thoughts, words and actions. All
with and in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, an offering of loving obedience to the Father.
Docility to the Holy Spirit
All that Jesus did and said was in the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave His life on the Cross so that we may receive the same Holy Spirit. He is the life of Mary and of all the saints.
Having received the the Holy Spirit in baptism, we desire to yield fully to His presence and action in us. We pray for the baptism in the Holy Spirit and continue to submit all (discernments, words and actions) to Him.
We are open and grateful for the gifts of the H.S., most of all for the gift of a new life. This requires our full cooperation in a process of dying to self, as the Holy Spirit works in our whole being, mind, body and soul, guiding all in His love. Our JOY shall be a sign of the Spirit. "Rejoice in the Lord always" Cf. Rev 19,7.
Mary gave herself to God completely and in union with her Son, shared His passion as a victim with the Victim. We make our total consecration to Jesus through Mary. We commit to be forever "Totus Tuus" (All yours). Our consecration is a renewal of our baptismal promises. We place ourselves as children under the maternal care of Mother Mary.
We use the book 33 Days to Morning Glory -Preparation to Marian Consecration. by Fr Michael E. Gaitley, MIC; Marian Press.
We renew the consecration daily.
As a community we are a living rosary permanently offered to the Father with Our Lady.
Fidelity to our state in life
We embrace our state in life (single, married, widowed, priest or consecrated...) as our God-given identity, our way of holiness and union with God. The community honors and supports the state in life of each member.
We unite the daily shores of our vocation, our sufferings and joys, to Christ, doing all things from the heart for love of Him.
Family commitments take presedence over those of the Community.
Obedience to the Church
As humble sons and daughters of the Catholic Church, we vow
Obedience to God's will ("Thy will be done")
We take an oath of fidelity to the faith of the Church before making our community covenant.
"Sentire cum Ecclesia" (To think and be of one heart with the Church)
Humility and Simplicity
HUMILITY God lowered Himself to become man. He gave us example by washing feet. Humility enables us to see that our life and all we have is from God. Thus we are grateful for all, including trials and sufferings.
Humility liberates us from the burden of vanity (attention to self) so that we give glory to God (Cf. Gal 6,14).
SIMPLICITY We follow Christ who for us became poor. Mary and the saints also teach us true poverty. Christ is the Lord of all that is ours, including our will, our intellect, time, talents, possessions. We are only administrators of what belongs to God.
It is the responsibility of each member to listen to the Lord in order to live holy simplicity. Married members of the community discern with their spouses. The community respects theit deicision.
Confession and forgiveness
We are sinners who trust in God's mercy.
We go regularly to confession.
"Confession periodically renewed, the so-called confessions "of devotion", has always accompanied the ascent to holiness in the Church" -John Paul II, Address to the Sacred Apostolic Penitenciary, Rome, January 30, 1981. See also Catechism #1458
Repentance and conversion are part of confession.
Having received forgiveness from God we shall forgive others.
Prayer + Fasting + Sacrifice
We have a time daily for prayer
Pray the rosary every day.
Pray aware that God is with us always. In all we do, as we fulfill our daily duties and apostolates, imitate Mary who pondered the Word in her heart.
Go to the cross and listen, adore, praise, intercede, give thanks to the Lord.
If possible, we Fast on Fridays in union with Our Lord's Passion. Each discerns how to fast. If possible we observe the Church's recommendation to abstain from meat each Friday.
REPARATION and SACRIFICE in union with Christ. This was requested by the Blessed Mother in Fatima and other places. Also, Jesus taught it to Venerable Conchita and St. Faustina.
CONSOLE Jesus and Mary in their suffering for souls.
Offering life for others; for priests
We offer our lives for all specially for those the Lord has given us: our family, community, the Pope, bishops and priests. That through the renewal of the priests a new Pentecost be hastened. (cf. Conchita)
Our offering is union with Jesus the Eternal Priest, with Mary. This offering includes all we do and is consummated in our participation in Holy Mass.
Service motivated by love
Service is an indispensable expression of Love.
We serve lovingly doing our daily duties and allowing the Spirit to guide us to expand our service to all.
-The love of Christ should be our motivation for everything.
-His is a crucified love that puts to death selfishness and gives life.
-Love guides the way we speak of others.
-Our tongues are consecrated to the Lord. Gossip is a sin that destroys community. Even the jokes should be pleasing to the Lord.
"It is by your Love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples" (John 13:35).
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:12-13).
We serve in imitation of Jesus who came to serve, not to be served.
Serve without expecting a return. Anything others do for us is a gift for which we are grateful.
Solidarity with those who suffer.
Works of mercy
We offer the daily opportunities to sacrifice to overcome the flesh and to serve with love.
Study our Faith
We prayerfully study the Bible, the Catechism, the magisterium, the lives of the saints.
We study the Path to Union with God, which is our spirituality.
We follow the teachings of the Holy Father.
Our baptismal vocation calls us to witness our faith. To evangelize is the greatest gift we can give.
We evangelize by example and by sharing our faith at every opportunity.
The purpose of accompaniment is to encourage and guide an active listening to the Lord. We seek the path of holiness in light of our Catholic faith and the Path that we have committed to live as a community.
Accompaniment provides light to help us see ourselves and healing to enable us to go deeper.
Monthly accompaniment is a fundamental link with the community, thus no member can be without it.
Each person must be responsible for his-her decisions before God.
In addition to accompaniment, members may have a spiritual director of their choice.
Keeping a spiritual journal helps to remember the movements of the Spirit in our hearts. We journal what the Lord tells us, our concerns, responses and resolutions. Then we can return to our journal to see how we have followed through and to renew our vision. The journal is private but we are free to share it.
While our homes may be far from each other, our hearts are united by the Holy Spirit to form one family within the Church.
We are covenanted to Christ and through Him to each other, to be one in love, through the trials and challenges of the path to union in Christ. We embrace the community's way of life and the Path to Union and help each other to live it. As one body, we are attentive to the needs of others both by serving and praying.
We participate in the weekly cenacles and other gatherings of the community. We take to heart the teachings and the guidance.
Those who are able come together in the same locale. Others join through the Internet.