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“…I am among you as the one who serves” (Luke 22:27 NAB).
hroughout the centuries, the gift of the Church remains the source for all of God’s salvific grace. The gift of the Church provides a resolution to every
problem experienced by mankind. The various needs of humanity manifest in different ways according to the social and cultural milieu of each age. The Triune
God wishes for all humanity to live in the Covenant Communion of the Most Holy Trinity; grace to live this life is provided by Jesus Christ through the Church. In
this light, the Church then “adapts” to the needs of humanity in each age. Today, the Church understands a new and vibrant way of imitating Christ in His life as
“servant” of humanity. The grace of God comes through the Church today providing the impetus for her members therefore to “serve as Christ served”; to witness
the “Diaconia of Jesus Christ”. Since the time of the gift of the Second Vatican Council, the Church has opened again the ancient position of the Permanent
Married Diaconate to those whom God has called to serve in this manner.
The Church is intended by God to be a gift for all peoples. The great need for today in the Church is for the Church to be transformed from a triumphant Church
to a servant Church. The Permanent Married Deacon can witness to the Church the gift to serve as Jesus served.
The Church of Jesus is to become a Servant Church, to witness Jesus among us as “one who serves” (Luke 22:27 NAB), to prepare herself to become the
Church of the poor. This means that the members of the Church will go out to the poor who live on the fringes of the world’s societies; going to the various cities
and rural areas and bringing them into the heart of the Church. Once this is accomplished, the Church will then encourage these members to serve within the
Church. Then those who were previously marginalized can live and serve in the very center of the Church and the Church herself can come to be the Church of
the poor, inclusive of all mankind. The poor we speak of here are not only poor materially. There is a great spiritual poverty in the world today as well. Spiritual
poverty impacts the worlds’ cultures in some cases with greater negative consequences than material needs. Recognizing this reality, The Society of Our Lady
interprets the area of spiritual poverty to be one of those areas of greatest apostolic need in which according to the Charism of The Society of Our Lady, her
members are called to serve.
The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity is actively discerning those men who are called to the Permanent Married Diaconate to serve as Jesus
served. If you feel that God has gifted you with this calling and vocation, The Society of Our Lady’s Society would be privileged to discern this calling and
vocation with you.
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