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IN AND FOR THE CHURCH
TO LISTEN AND SPEAK, TO GIVE AND TO RECEIVE

Vatican IIBible
(The Church’s Missionary Activity, 21) The principal duty of both lay men and women is to bear witness to Christ, and this they are obliged to do by their life and their words, in the family, in their social group and in the sphere of their work. In them must be seen the new man/woman who has been created according to God in justice and holiness of truth.
(The Church in the Modern World, 27)…Everyone should look upon their neighbour (without any exception) as another self… Today there is an inescapable duty to make ourselves the neighbour of everyone, no matter who they are, and if we meet them to come to their aid in a positive way…

THE CODE OF CANON LAW
Can.710 A secular institute is an institute of consecrated life in which Christ’s faithful, living in the world, strive for the perfection of charity and endeavour to contribute to the sanctification of the world, especially from within.Can.713 *2 Lay members participate in the evangelizing mission of the Church in the world and from within the world. They do this by their witness of christian life and of fidelity to their consecration, and by the assistance they give in directing temporal affairs to God and in animating the world by the power of the Gospel. They also offer their cooperation to serve the ecclesial community in accordance with the secular manner of life proper to them.Can.724 After the first acceptance of the sacred bonds, formation is to continue without interruption in accordance with the constitutions. Members are to be formed simultaneously in matters human and divine. The Moderators of the institute are to have a serious concern for the continued spiritual formation of the members.

THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (Revised 1999)
929 By a ‘life perfectly and entirely consecrated to (such) sanctification’ the members of these institutes share in the Church’s task of evangelization, ‘in the world and from within the world’, where their presence acts as ‘leaven in the world’. ‘ Their witness of a Christian life’ aims ‘to order temporal things according to God and inform the world with the power of the gospel’. They commit themselves to the evangelical counsels by sacred bonds and observe among themselves the communion and fellowship appropriate to their ‘particular secular way of life’.

CARITAS CHRISTI IN DAILY LIFE
We remain in our own homes and work. We help each other to live in the Spirit of Christ who invites us to live in him as he lives in us and to enter into his prayer. We meet regularly. Personal help and sharing within the group helps us to grow in our individual circumstances, responsibilities and personalities. The preparation, formation and annual commitments before the commitment ‘until death’ are in accordance with those stated in Canon Law and is recognized by the Church.