United in the love of the Lord: the common life

Called to holiness with the religious consecration “for the glory of the Almighty and for the salvation of souls” [17] the Clerics Regular Minor carry out the journey of perfection in community where “common is God, common the commitment to perfection, common the difficulties, common the work, common the salvation, common in the end will be the glory”[18].
The religious community is first of all a mystery, which must be contemplated, accepted and lived with faith and grateful hearts. Source of our common life is the spirit of the Risen Lord, who, when present in us, transforms gradually our hearts and renders possible staying together in charity[19]. Model of every religious community is the first community of Jerusalem in which “the multitude of the faithful had one heart and one soul”[20]. Foundation of our common life is prayer: “they devoted themselves with one accord to prayer”[21]. It is above all the Eucharist, sacrament of love, sign of unity and bond of charity, which builds up the community: “in their homes they broke bread, they ate their meals with joy and sincerity of heart praising God”[22]

Called to be sent: the apostolate

The apostolate of the Cleric Minor springs from his consecration to God and is characterized by the centrality of the paschal mystery realized in the Eucharist. “What you contemplate in prayer, preach to the people”[23]. The Word of God and the Eucharist are the two tables which the Clerics Regular Minor must offer to humanity, hungry and thirsty for truth and life. The Founders did not leave us a specific field for the apostolate. “…there must also be in our Order those who hear confessions, preach, teach and engage in other spiritual exercises for their own sanctification and that of their fellow man”[24]. They themselves and their followers were busy in various fields of pastoral ministry: from preaching to parochial service, from liturgical worship to missions, from teaching to spiritual assistance to the sick and those in jail, with particular attention to the poor and marginated. For these, their promotion and their spiritual needs, we must also show special preference. “Those who fast in bread and water have an additional responsibility while giving their portion to the poor at the door, that is, to teach them our Christian faith”[25].
For the greater glory of the Risen Lord, the Clerics Regular Minor work in the Church without a preference for any particular activity and respond to the needs of the people of God as circumstances dictates. However, they have to approach all types of apostolate in a specific way: everything must flow from the Eucharist and return to it.