Verbum Dei – in the Church and for the World!
The Verbum Dei charism is also called to serve the Church, through her diverse charisms and communities, by offering retreats and spiritual exercises to religious communities and groups. This is a most efficacious way to contribute to the common good in society and build up the Kingdom. The preaching of the Word puts the listener in contact with Christ. This living contact with the source can refresh and reinvigorate the members of the religious community who are then able to continue to share their own charism with renewed vitality to the world of today.
Verbum Dei has given retreats to many religious communities that dedicate to various areas such as:
- The poorest of the poor (the Missionaries of Charity),
- prostituted women and victims of human trafficking (Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer),
- education of the poor (Sister Handmaids of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and Daughters of Mary of the Pious Schools – “Escolapias”),
- social justice (Claretian Missionaries),
- samilies (Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and Sisters of our Lady of Consolation)
- and care for the sick (Camillian Sisters) among many others.
James (McTavish) was recently asked to give some 8-day retreats to the Missionaries of Charity (MCs) of Mother Theresa. The MCs dedicate to the poorest of the poor including refugee work, feeding programs, care for less abled children and prison ministry. The first retreat, in April, was to an international group of female MC novices and the theme was “The Resurrection appearances.” The second, in June, was to the male contemplative branch of the MCs, focusing on the Holy Spirit. Various themes touched in both retreats included prayer, community life, the vows (poverty, chastity and obedience), mission and Mother Mary.
James said, “I believe this is a beautiful way of sharing our charism in the Church and for the good of society. It is very encouraging at the end of the retreats to see the participants renewed and refreshed for their charism and challenging missions in the world. This is the call of our Lord – to go into the whole world (Mark I6:15) and I give thanks too for Jaime Bonet for the gift of our charism which we all have the responsibility to share as it can enrich so many.”