The spirituality of the Institute is none other than that of the baptized in the Church: a life of communion with the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit. The Institute places a special emphasis on seeking and living God's will or desire for us, speaking our "Yes" each day like Mary to bring Christ's love into the world. The scriptures are our road map for doing this, especially Jesus' teachings about being compassionate and passionate in bringing about God's kingdom of peace, love, and justice in our everyday lives.
The ideal of life which the Institute proposes to its members is to do in all things the will of the Father, like Christ and the Virgin Mary.
To achieve this ideal of life, the Institute proposes the Spirituality of the Three Fives which integrate prayer, attitude, and acts of charity.
By the first five, members of the Institute develop a life of intimacy with the Lord through daily prayer, and especially through the following spiritual exercises.
- Mental prayer or meditation
- Reading of the Word of God and of works of spirituality
- Celebrating the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Christian life
- Visit to the Blessed Sacrament
- Devotion to the Virgin Mary, especially through praying the mysteries of the Rosary [The Second Vatican Council defined Mary as "Mother of the Church." She is our model for living a life of discipleship, walking in the footsteps of Jesus.]
By the second five, members develop in a special way a spirit of recollection, humility, and fraternal charity through acquiring the following attitudes.
- Presence of God
“To live in the presence of God is to be recollected, to pay heed to the Lord living within me. It is to listen to him speaking in me through my conscience, my aspirations, through persons and events. It is to recognize that we participate in the very life of God, that we belong to him.” [In the Footsteps of Jesus by Fr. Parent, Founder]
- Absence of criticism
“Absence of criticism fortifies the presence of God, educates us to patience, augments the spiritual forces within us, permits us to welcome our neighbor with simplicity, stimulates our heart, weans our imagination, pacifies our passions, calms our emotions, suffocates our instincts for revenge, liberates us from selfishness and pettiness and preserves intimacy with God.” [In the Footsteps of Jesus by Fr. Parent, Founder]
- Absence of complaint
“Absence of complaint manifests the spiritual maturity of a person, it expresses the basic quality of a personality which tends toward self-control. Absence of complaint indicates a beautiful personality, one who has taken charge of his life, who has a sense of responsibility. It demands that each of us makes a constant effort which we call asceticism.” [In the Footsteps of Jesus by Fr. Parent, Founder]
- Being of service (availability)
“A 'being' of service is an intelligent being who willingly and freely stands on the side of God, who strives to be a docile instrument of His will, as soon as His will is known. Being of service reveals the distinctive quality that characterizes the members of the Institute as people who have attained a certain maturity, who have a sense of responsibility, the desire to seek the will of God and the assurance that, as servants of the Church and respectful collaborators of legitimate ecclesiastical and civil authority, they stand with God.” [In the Footsteps of Jesus by Fr. Parent, Founder]
“Peace is the most tangible manifestation of the active presence of God, of submission to a Supreme Being, of the heart’s being possessed by the one whom we consider a marvelous, attentive and gracious Father. We witness to this peace by developing our capacity to love, to be attentive, to show our magnanimity, and to have confidence in others. If we recognize our potential for peace, a self-love will no longer have the power to upset our human relationships.” [In the Footsteps of Jesus by Fr. Parent, Founder]
By the third five, members of the Institute daily take advantage of five concrete occasions of exercising charity in order to develop positive contacts with others in the manner of Christ.
Please join us in praying this prayer from our founder Fr. Parent.
Just for Today
give me the grace to think of you every hour,
just for today
so that I may live in your presence.
empty my heart of all sadness, hate and spite,
just for today
so that I may love without criticizing
and serve without complaining.
help me to follow your footsteps
just for today
so that following your example and Mary's
I may be, every day of my life, an element of peace.
Please click this link from the Central Administration for another explanation of the life of a Voluntas Dei.
Please click this link to see Thoughts from Fr. Parent on the OMMI website.