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Monday, 17 November 2014 20:49

Pallottines seek to light fuse

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Pallottine family logo150Detonating dynamite can be compared to one facet of being a religious today. Your gift may be lighting the fuse, holding the stick steady, seeing to its careful storage. But together, we can seek to make the gospel something that destabilizes our fears and calls us to new intimacy with God and neighbour, writes Pallottine Brother Lindsay Rust.

Detonating dynamite is a constructive job which can be compared to one facet of being a religious today.

If you work with someone who actually uses dynamite you will see it is not simply a destructive thing isolated in itself, but a step in the process of "pulling down and (for another sometimes) of building up" - holding a prophetic echo. The dynamite is carefully placed
often to clear the ground for deeper excavation, foundations and building.

This is at the very heart of being a religious, though some will have a particular gift for excavation and re-building, Each shows a face of religious identity. Pallotti himself was prophet and thorn in the Church of his day. The thorn was healed largely during Vatican II where his insight into the equal dignity of all vocations was proclaimed and prophetic because some of his more radical ideas still remain unrealized today.

Pallotti priests brothersPallottines - priests and brothers - in Australia, work in equal collaboration with laity, many of whom take on key roles of leadership in partnership for ministry.

Pallotti College in Millgrove is one major example of worldwide volunteers, working under the leadership of lay managers. For decades, young German volunteers also courageously worked with indigenous in Western Australia and, through an international Pallottine program, continue working in Millgrove.

Whether in hospitality, spirituality, parishes or chaplaincies you see the Pallottine family widely represented. In outreach sometimes we work in collaboration with others where they already recognize a universal self-worth. Indeed, working with others was emblematic of Pallotti's work.

Your gift may be lighting the fuse, holding the stick steady, seeing to its careful storage. But together, sharing many gifts, we can, through grace and prayer, seek to make the gospel ever something that destabilizes our fears and calls us to new intimacy with God and neighbour.

The original version of this article by Br Lindsay Rust sac was first published in the October 2014 issue of Catholic Life, the official newsletter of the Catholic Diocese of Sale.

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