L.C. Community

See also Community and Communion. Explains the nature and reason for community.

Cenacles are the community's weekly gathering to pray, worship and fellowship.
-In the cenacles we allow the Holy Spirit to guide, heal, speak, instruct and move freely.  We are open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including words of knowledge, tongues, silence, etc.
-Cf. Ef 5,19, Col 3,16-17
-There may also be song and praise.
"He who sings prays twice" (St. Agustin, cf. psalm 72,1).
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By participating in community activities we grow in unity, encourage each other to love and serve and give glory to God. "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another." -Hebrews 10:24-25

Members may live far from each other. "Physical separation does not prevent spiritual presence among persons whom Our Lord has united by bonds of His holy love. The stronger this love grows within us, the closer it binds us together." -Saint Louise de Marillac (1591-1660).

Witness of Love
Love Crucified should be a witness of the love that Christ commanded. To love all, not as we may choose, 
but as He has loved us, that is with a crucified love. 
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. -Jn 15:12.

"It is not an idea or a strategy that unites us but love of Christ and his Holy Spirit. The effectiveness of our service to the Church, the Bride of Christ, depends essentially on this, on our fidelity to the divine kingship of CRUCIFIED LOVE" - Benedict XVI>>

Community of Joy
Pope Francis, homily, 5/15/2015 >>>
 "A community without joy is a community that is sick. Perhaps it would be a “fun-loving community” but “it has grown sick with worldliness, because it does not have the joy of Jesus Christ.

Love Crucified is among the covenant communities that the Lord is raising to live fully the baptismal vocation of union with Christ and His Body and thus to be His light in the world.  

"It is time for all My communities to join forces and work together as My Alliance of Love. Each individual flame will be united as ONE to ignite the world and set it on fire." -The Lord to LC, March 11, 2010


Community
"cum" means with, together. "Munio/munitum" means build, fortify. Community: Persons who unite and build together.

Catechism #953
"Communion in charity. In the sanctorum communio, "None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself." "If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it."

Papal support for covenant communities
"We follow our Lord in readiness to spend our life for our brothers (cf. 1 John 3:16), becoming messengers of a joy that does not fear pain, the joy of the Resurrection. -Benedict XVI>>

"These communities are a sign of vitality within the Church, an instrument of formation and evangelization, and a solid starting point for a new society based on a ‘civilization of love’… They are thus cause for great hope for the life of the Church. —John Paul II, The Mission of the Redeemer, n. 51

Make yourselves builders of communities in which, after the example of the first community, the Word lives and acts —JOHN PAUL II, Address to Focolare Movement, Rome, May 3, 1986

Bible
"Encourage each other daily while it is still today" -Hebrews 3:13

"Encourage one another and build one another up" -1 Thessalonians 5:11

Built together upon the foundation of the Apostles
Ephesians 2:19-22 "Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit."

Ephesians 4:1-16  "I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.

Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. It was said that he would: When he ascended to the height, he captured prisoners, he gave gifts to men.

When it says, ‘he ascended’, what can it mean if not that he descended right down to the lower regions of the earth? The one who rose higher than all the heavens to fill all things is none other than the one who descended. And to some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.

Then we shall not be children any longer, or tossed one way and another and carried along by every wind of doctrine, at the mercy of all the tricks men play and their cleverness in practicing deceit. If we live by the truth and in love, we shall grow in all ways into Christ, who is the head by whom the whole body is fitted and joined together, every joint adding its own strength, for each separate part to work according to its function. So the body grows until it has built itself up, in love."

Saints and relationships

St. Ignatius of Antioch 
Try to gather together more frequently to give thanks to God and to praise him.
For when you come together frequently, Satan’s powers are undermined, and the destruction he threatens is done away with in the unanimity of your faith. Nothing is better than peace, in which all warfare between heaven and earth is brought to an end. —a letter to the Ephesians by Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr, Liturgy of the Hours, Volume I

Padre Pio, Re: his Spiritual Children:  Source
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'I love my Spiritual Children as much as my own soul and even more.'
- 'Once I take a soul on, I also take on their entire family as my spiritual children.'
-'To my Spiritual Children, my prayers for you will never be lacking.'
-'If one of my spiritual children ever goes astray, I shall leave my flock and seek him out.'

We need community not to pamper us but to be purified. Loving one another is only possible if we are willing to suffer one another as Jesus suffered for us.
St. Faustina
Jesus, I thank You for the little daily crosses, for opposition to my endeavors, for the hardships of communal life, for the misinterpretation of my intentions, for humiliations at the hands of others, for the harsh way in which we are treated, for false suspicions, for poor health and loss of strength, for self-denial, for dying to myself, for lack of recognition in everything, for the upsetting of all my plans.

First, the will of God
St Leo the Great
Even the most intimate bonds of friendship and the closest affinity of minds cannot truly lay claim to this peace if they are not in agreement with the will of God. -
office Monday XXIII

The Greatest Gift is to be united in God.
Saint Gregory of Nyssa
After having conferred all power on his disciples by his blessing, he obtained many other gifts for them by his prayer to the Father. Among these was included the greatest gift of all, which was that they were no longer to be divided in their judgement of what was right and good, for they were all to be united to the one supreme Good. As the Apostle says, they were to be bound together with the bonds of peace in the unity that comes from the Holy Spirit. They were to be made one body and one spirit by the one hope to which they were all called. We shall do better, however, to quote the sacred words of the gospel itself. "I pray", the Lord says, "that they all may be one; that as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so they also may be one in us." -Homily on the Song of Songs.

Pope Francis on Community life.
Forgive and support each other, because community life is not easy. The devil takes advantage of all to divide! You say: "I do not want to talk bad, but ...", and you start dividing. No, this is wrong, because it leads to nothing: to division. Take care of the friendship between you, the family life, the love between you. That the monastery not be purgatory, but rather a family. Look for solutions with love; do not harm anyone among you to solve a problem; do not compete. Cherish community life, because when the community is like a family, the Holy Spirit is among the community. … I beg for you the joy that is born of true contemplation and of a beautiful community life. (To Poor Clares, but applies to all communities)
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Pope Francis: St Teresa's vision of community
St Teresa knew that neither prayer nor mission can be sustained without authentic community life. Therefore, the foundation that she laid in her monasteries was fraternity: "Here everyone must love one another, care for each other and help one another" (The Way, 4, 7). And she was very careful to warn her sisters about the danger of individualism. Fraternal life consists "all or almost all in the denial of ourselves and of our own comforts" (ibid., 12, 2) and to place ourselves at the service of others. To avoid this risk (individualism), the saint of Avila recommended to her sisters, first of all, the virtue of humility, which is neither outward neglect nor inner shyness of the soul, but each knowing their own abilities and what God can do in us (cf. Relations, 28). The opposite is what she calls "false point of honour" (Life, 31, 23), a source of gossip, jealousy and criticism, which severely damage relationships with others. Teresian humility consists of self-acceptance, awareness of one’s own dignity, missionary courage, gratitude and trust in God. >>> sp

Seek the good of all, avoid divisions
Saint Clement, pope, to the Corinthians

Cling to the saints, for those who cling to them will be sanctified. There is a passage in Scripture as well which states: With the innocent man you will be innocent, and with the chosen one you will be chosen also; likewise with the perverse you will deal perversely. Devote yourselves, then, to the innocent and the just; they are God’s chosen ones. Why are there strife and passion, schisms and even war among you? Do we not possess the same Spirit of grace which was given to us and the same calling in Christ? Why do we tear apart and divide the body of Christ? Why do we revolt against our own body? Why do we reach such a degree of insanity that we forget that we are members of one another? Do not forget the words of Jesus our Lord: Woe to that man; it would be better for him if he had not been born rather than scandalize one of my chosen ones. Indeed it would be better for him to have a great millstone round his neck and to be drowned in the sea than that he lead astray one of my chosen ones. Your division has led many astray, has made many doubt, has made many despair, and has brought grief upon us all. And still your rebellion continues.

Pick up the letter of blessed Paul the apostle. What did he write to you at the beginning of his ministry? Even then you had developed factions. So Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote to you concerning himself and Cephas and Apollos. But that division involved you in less sin because you were supporting apostles of high reputation and a person approved by them.

We should put an end to this division immediately. Let us fall down before our master and implore his mercy with our tears. Then he will be reconciled to us and restore us to the practice of brotherly love that befits us. For this is the gate of justice that leads to life, as it is written: Open to me the gates of justice. When I have entered there, I shall praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the just shall enter through it. There are many gates which stand open, but the gate of justice is the gateway of Christ. All who enter through this gate are blessed, pursuing their way in holiness and justice, performing all their tasks without discord. A person may be faithful; he may have the power to utter hidden mysteries; he may be discriminating in the evaluation of what is said and pure in his actions. But the greater he seems to be, the more humbly he ought to act, and the more zealous he should be for the common good rather than his own interest.

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O God, the world had fallen flat in the dust but your Son’s humility stood it upright once more.

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