LivingtheCharism.com is a site dedicated to the Spirituality and Mission of the Congregation of the Brothers of Saint Francis Xavier. On the site we hope to help Xaverian Brothers, Associates, Collaborators, and others deepen their experience of the Xaverian Charism in their own lives.
The Xaverian Charism is really the Xaverian “way” or “way of life” that the Brothers have made manifest since their founding in 1839 by Theodore James Ryken. In 2012 the Brothers have been working to describe this Charism. For, while the Charism cannot be defined, describing it will help the Brothers and those who wish to follow the Xaverian Way further develop practices toward that end.
This is the preamble to the Description of the Xaverian Charism:
We Xaverian Brothers, associates, and collaborators are a true religious family, striving to fulfill the spiritual aspirations that Theodore James Ryken had for his Congregation. Following the path of our Founder, we are called to live ordinary lives that give witness to God’s unconditional love. We believe that the Xaverian calling is a way of being put in our place in the world, a place of humility and simplicity, from which we receive the grace to turn toward God, fall in love with God, and put ourselves in God’s service as followers of Jesus Christ. Within each distinctive life choice, we are further invited to attentiveness, simplicity, flexibility and openness to the common, unspectacular flow of everyday life. We unite ourselves to God through an integrated life of both contemplation and service. Through the Xaverian Way we are awakened by the Spirit of God to our own graced potential and freely offer that giftedness in service to the gospel. Through our ministry, in particular among the poor and the marginalized, we work to help others discover their own uniqueness so they, too, may “share the love of God with the world through their own giftedness.” In a spirit of hospitality, we try our utmost to be approachable and available, as true brothers and sisters who welcome others and accompany them in the joys and sorrows of their lives.
We hope you’ll keep coming back for more prayer exercises, videos, and information about the Xaverian Way. If you’d like to know a little more about how to navigate the site, take a look at the guide below.
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