As Catholic Christians we all belong to the same universal Church. But as God creates us with individual minds, hearts and histories, we all approach our faith from a different place in the world. How we live our faith in our daily lives could be called our spirituality.
The Missionaries' spirituality is centered in the Blood of Christ, which was shed for all of God's people.
Because God's love is all-encompassing, they see their ministry of reconciliation through the Blood of Christ as their special gift to the world. They seek out the lost, the hopeless, the poor, the victims of violence — anyone who feels left out of the circle of God's love.
Father David Kelly, C.PP.S. writes movingly about how his ministry in a violence-torn neighborhood in Chicago has given him a living, breathing lesson on Precious Blood spirituality.
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Fr. Dick Bayuk, C.PP.S., in his presentation on preaching at the Cincinnati Province's assembly in May 2012, touched on points both divine and practical for Precious Blood preachers.
Connecting the human and divine, Fr. Bayuk said good preachers use both spiritual inspiration and hard-won human experience in their preaching.
"We believe that we are able to see and encounter grace everywhere. That is a very Catholic notion. Not every denomination has that in its very marrow," he said.
"Ultimately, if we have spirituality without experience, then it's an abstraction. Sometimes we want to downplay the importance of experience, but ultimately, that's where theology begins. Spirituality that is not incarnated is just an ideology, unconnected to anything. The Eucharist, for example, is the experience of the incarnation in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. It's not just some sort of ritual that we go through. It's incarnated. We are immersed into that experience.
"The Eucharist itself is a communal experience of spirituality. We commune for the purpose of being for one another that which we become: the body given, the blood poured out. That's not the whole sum of the Eucharist, but that's a point at which it is very much connected with our spirituality. We talk about being poured out for others, as the cup is poured out for us. That's a very powerful image."
Photo: Father Richard Bayuk, C.PP.S., talks with Father Pat Patterson, C.PP.S., after the presentation on spirituality and experience.
The International Center of Precious Blood Spirituality in Salzburg, Austria, is directed by our own Father Barry Fischer, C.PP.S.
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ." (Ephesians 2: 12-14)