A good motto is a rallying cry that motivates, focuses, and energizes. When a priest is named a bishop, he always chooses a motto to serve as a guide along the difficult path of his mission.
We all have a mission, and we all have tough stretches along the path of life. Why not choose a motto for our Christian journey?
In this month’s Retreat Guide, The Complete Christian: A Retreat Guide on the Calling of the Twelve Apostles, we would like to offer one, based on the three essential elements that Jesus reveals in that Gospel passage:
· The first element is prayer – we’ll look at it in the first meditation.
· The second element is fellowship – we’ll look at that in the second meditation.
· And the third element, which we will examine in the conference, is apostolate, or apostolic action.
To pray, to love, to give. Not bad for a motto. Though some would say that it sounds even better in Latin: orare, amare, dare.
As always, this Retreat Guide can be watched, listened to, or read – whichever helps you pray better. Check it out now at www.RCSpirituality.org (scroll down the page for retreat number nine) or on Vimeo.
Art for this post on the complete Christian retreat guide on the calling of the 12 Apostles: Retreat Guide logo courtesy of rcspirituality.com. Calling of the Apostles, Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1481 Sistine Chapel fresco, PD-US author’s life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.