Magnificat Houses' Constitution

 

Rose Mary Badami
Picture by Sr. Sara K. Thompson, RSCJ

We believe that Magnificat House is a gift of God, to be held in stewardship. We pray to form Magnificat House into a Christian community committed to promoting the full development of the individual as a member of the people of God. We aim to give meaning to our lives by performing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in the spirit of the Beatitudes. Our goal is to build community and to welcome the stranger. The stranger being the one "who is different from" and in diversity to developing unity. Our call is to fellowship and to welcome.

We believe the grace of commitment and being able to live it, not only with another person but also with a group of people, is a glorious gift. We assume an obligation to understand the people that we live with and allow them understand us, to become friends. We deepen the bonds of communication and friendship by developing a sense of solidarity; all should be a part of the community, so as to grow together. We share responsibility so as to recognize the gifts that God gives to each one and to better realize that it is the "other" that gives a certain meaning to our lives. We listen to find ways to help men and women discover their own gifts and thereby discover the essence of Magnificat House.

By the formation of a stable and happy emotional enviornment, we provide an atmosphere in the house where the individuality of each person can be recognized that they may discover the love that is God's for them. To recognize God in each other. It is important to enfold a person in kindness and affection. By love and service we create a family spirit so as to protect them from the sometimes harshness of society. We bring values to the work which announce God's love for each person and our love for one another, believing that only the authentic love of God can open our hearts. We discern and respect, to encourage and sustain, through our work at Magnificat House, to grow in love and spirituality.

Magnificat House was not established to do a humanitarian work, nor to solve a community problem. We often give people a deeper and wider message of Christian witness to the value system found in the Gospels. We endeavor not to adopt the value systems of the world but, by living simply, to call attention to the riches of ones self. We avoid the barriers of function, rank and recognition through salaries. We diminish the division between assistants, staff members and residents by an openess to receive from the other person the talent that they have to share. We value a person uniqueness, not so much, their utility. Recognizing the entrinsic worth of each individual human life.

We serve the most abandoned and neglected of our society and minister to those who are seriously deprived materially, spiritually and socially, in relation to their neighbor. The disability groups vary as the social ills of our society are reflected.

We pray for the gift of presence, a humble and gentle presence, that enables us to be visualizing and life giving. We pray too for sensitivity to the aspirations of the other person, whether they be assistant, staff member or resident. We help each other grow humanly through our work and activity, deepening our spiritual life through prayer. We assume a responsibility toward those with whom we live.

We recognize that these goals will be accomplished only insofar as we strive towards the love of God and fellowship with our neighbor.