The Spirituality of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary
Deus Caritas est. God is Love. In his love for us the Father calls us together as Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary. He unites us in the Heart of his Son Jesus, whom he sent into the world to reveal his love (Constitutionarticle2). This is our specific mission that we are called to reveal God’s love to all especially to the poor and the abandoned. We draw life and inspiration from the spiritual riches we inherit from our Founder, Reverend Peter Joseph Triest and Mother Placida, the co-founderess and the valiant pioneers, according to the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and that of St. Bernard. They laid their faith and absolute trust in Providence. Thus the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary are Contemplatives in Action. Simply put, it is to seek God with an undivided heart which inevitably enables one to reach out to others especially the poor and the less fortunate through various services.
Contemplation or union with God is at the heart of our vowed
consecration and is expressed by an
open ear: a deep and dynamic listening to God, others and the
contemporary world. An open heart:
the experience of being loved by God, the energizing force driving us to love
others as God loves us. Open hands:
Solidarity which enables us to hear the cry of those who suffer, to empathize
with them and to respond by freely giving and receiving.
Such, in the Church, is our vocation as Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary. Wherever we are we bear witness before the world to the primacy of love. As our whole life becomes a response to the gift that is offered us, we become what we are called to be: contemplative in action. (Constitutions art. 8)
One heart and one soul:
As consecrated women, true to our motto: ‘one heart and one soul’ (Acts 4:32), we are in prayerful communion with each other, accepting our uniqueness and recognizing our differences. This sense of communion extends to people of all nation, cultures and religions with whom we come in contact. We also aim to encourage an ever deepening sense of the sacred in everything: nature, persons, places, situations and events.
The mission of Jesus was to communicate God’s love by affirming human dignity and bringing healing and support to the suffering people of his time.
Our mission as Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary is to reveal that God is love, especially to the poor and the abandoned of our time. Impelled by the love of Jesus, we commit ourselves to the mission of promoting the reign of God in our particular society and in the world at large. This mission of revealing that God is love is central to our call as religious and it is the basis of all our services.
By the very nature of our call to be Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, we receive a special grace to fulfil this mission. We call this our charism, which is love, expressed in the three dimensions of our life – love for God, love for one another in the communities and love for all people especially the poor who are abandoned by the world. Our founder, Peter Joseph Triest saw this love as a legacy from Christ himself. Therefore “the Charism of every SCJM lies in the particular way in which she unifies in her life, the three dimensions of union with God, service of our neighbour and life in community. This unification is woven into life itself”. (Constitution art. 6)