The vocation of the Love Crucified Community is to live passionately His love revealed at the Cross. There we receive the gift of His thirst, His gaze, His tears, His radical love which holds nothing back. Now He calls us to respond.
The Lord has given our Community this standard: “ Suffer all with Me, no longer two but ONE, in my sacrifice of love"
As brothers and sisters we enter into a covenant with Christ and with each other to live fully this love in the heart of the Church, according to our spirituality (The Simple Path to Union with God) and mission.
At first, commitments may seem to be a burden, but the Lord promised: "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." -Matthew 11:30. "Sanctity does not consist first of all in doing extraordinary things, but in letting God act" -Pope Francis. God's grace makes this way of life liberating and joyful through love. It disposes us to receive a new life in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our way of life embraces the following commitments:
I propose to do ever what is most perfect. I propose to seek in all things Jesus and His Cross, in conformity with His holy will. I propose in my actions to pursue the interests of Christ and not my own. ...I will never be disquieted should circumstances prevent me from observing my 'Rule of life.' I will go on tranquilly. I will be flexible in the face of difficulties, humbly... then onward, ever onward! -Extract from her "Rule of life", Ven. Concepción Cabrera de Armida, Aug 21, 1894
1. Lives Centered on the Eucharist The Eucharist is Christ, our life, the source and summit of all we are and do.
We seek to participate in Holy Mass daily, if possible.
At Holy Mass we unite with Jesus as His victim souls in His sacrifice of love to the Father. We go to die to self and receive new life in Him. We become living hosts. We offer ourselves with Jesus to the Father after the consecration of the Precious Blood with this prayer.
We commit to a minimum of once a week of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament to listen, adore, praise, intercede, give thanks, and accompany and CONSOLE Jesus and Mary in their suffering for souls.
For their work, prayers and apostolic endeavours, their ordinary married and family life, their daily labour, their mental and physical relaxation, if carried out in the Spirit, and even the hardships of life if patiently borne-all of these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Pt 2:5). During the celebration of the Eucharist these sacrifices are most lovingly offered to the Father along with the Lord’s body. Thus as worshipers whose every deed is holy, the lay faithful consecrate the world itself to God. John Paul II
See teaching Fr Jordi Rivero>>
2. Marian Consecration
To come to the most perfect intimate union of love with Christ—victim united to Victim— we need to consecrate ourselves to Mary, Mother and Bride, with the understanding and abandonment that she will bring us to the foot of the Cross. We commit to be forever "Totus Tuus" (All yours).
See “Importance of Consecration” letter from Lourdes Pinto to community>>
33 Days to Morning Glory -Preparation to Marian Consecration. by Fr Michael E. Gaitley, MIC; Marian Press.
Renew our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Daily Recitation of the Rosary
3. Docility to the Holy Spirit
We live in the Spirit attentive to God and submitting to Him everything we do. We ask of Him in every situation, “Lord what do you want of me?” We trust in the Holy Spirit and invoke Him constantly.
See “Importance of Consecration” letter from Lourdes Pinto to community>>
“Yet there is no greater freedom than that of allowing oneself to be guided by the Holy Spirit, renouncing the attempt to plan and control everything to the last detail, and instead, letting him enlighten, guide and direct us, leading us wherever he wills.” Pope Francis p. 13
We welcome the Holy Spirit as our teacher and guide through living the Simple Path. It is He who leads us through the passage -- from the feet of Jesus crucified to receive the gift of self-knowledge, into the Sacred Heart of Jesus and brings us into the unity of the Most Holy Trinity.
“God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us” (Rom 5:5). Nevertheless, it is not enough to know the Spirit; we must welcome Him as the guide of our souls, as the “Teacher of the interior life” who introduces us to the Mystery of the Trinity, because He alone can open us up to faith and allow us to live it each day to the full.” Pope Benedict XVI, XXXIII World Youth Day, 2008
4. Live The Simple Path to Union with God: Our Spiritual Formation Book
Each Mother of the Cross (MOC) and Missionary of the Cross (MC) must be willing to allow The PATH to lead them through the painful purification and healing of their hearts into the depth of self- knowledge. Each person must persevere to:
Follow Christ daily to the Cross,
To die to self—to what we have become that we are not,
To make ourselves vulnerable and stripped of our masks and false identity
And suffer ALL with Christ, in order to be transformed into Love.
5. Victims of Love
Our life is an offering of love. Our crosses, including the injustices we suffer, as well as the daily duties, are powerful when done with great love and united with Christ. God waits for the FIAT that signals our total surrender. We don’t just offer something; we offer ourselves without reserve, our entire being, our will, our heart, our body and soul, one with Him. This is to be with Christ victims of love.
It is a victim soul's 'yes' that 'stirs into flame' the power of the Holy Spirit so that the Holy Spirit can lead a docile and willing soul to die with Me. It is this voluntary death that brings the soul to new life…I continue to thirst for love, but it is only the love of My victim souls that satisfies My thirst… Therefore, bring Me many victim souls. 2/1/11 Simple Path #124 p.331
See “Victim of Love” by Fr Jordi Rivero>>
6. 5 Stones: Humility, Purity, Simplicity, Trust and Courage
The MOC and MC must be committed to growing in these five virtues as we persevere in living the Simple Path and taking to heart the teachings of this community.
Virtues Needed as Warriors of Love
My little one, the time draws near. You hold the sword of the Spirit in the mission given to you. My family of LC are My warriors of love that will defeat the dragon in the decisive battle that draws near. Be ready to approach this evil in the same way that David approached Goliath. You will conquer the dragon in your littleness and purity because it is.
God who is with you. You must not fear and believe with the innocence and zeal of David… You each must also approach the battle with five stones.
1. First, the stone of humility, possessing the perfect knowledge of your nothingness and of My power and majesty.
2. Second, the stone of purity, purity of mind, heart, intention, word, desire…
3. Third, simplicity, detached from all, most especially from your ego.
4. Fourth, trust perfectly abandoned to My will.
5. Fifth, courage, courage rooted in love of Me to be perfectly obedient to My commands.
These stones are your weapons for battle, for the dragon will not be defeated according to the standards of the world but in the Light of Love… 1/18/12 Simple Path #148 p. 436
7. Repentance and Conversion
As Love Crucified, we are committed to go daily to the Cross to kiss the feet of Jesus crucified and beg the Spirit for the gift of self-knowledge, so that we can come in truth to know our sins, wounds and disordered tendencies. It is then, through this self-awareness, that we receive the gift of repentance.
Repentance is the gift of God that serves to pry open the hardened human heart so that My seeds of conversion can grow. Repentance is the Sword of the Spirit that opens the darkness within the human heart to be filled with God’s Light of truth, and the truth sets you free.
To live in repentance is to live clothed in the knowledge of who you are, which is misery, and the knowledge of who I Am, which is Love and Mercy.
To live in repentance is to live in the freedom of living in the embrace of Abba, Our Father.
Tell My souls to seek true repentance at the foot of My Cross and the power of My Love Crucified will set them free to live in My peace and the joy of My promise. 2/18/18
The soul that lives wrapped in the gift of knowledge grows in true humility and is then able to advance in My path on the wings of the Holy Spirit… It is here, at My feet, that you must persevere… 12/12/11 Simple Path #10 p.40. see full message >>
Confession: We are encouraged to go regularly to confession. There is no better way to make progress on our spiritual journey than by returning in humble repentance and love to God’s infinite mercy.
Pilgrimage to Mexico of the Love Crucified Community
Dec 7-13, 2016
You will learn here why Father Felix is so significant for our community. He had a profound spiritual union with Venerable Conchita Cabrera de Armida. He recognized the authenticity of what the Lord was doing with her and embraced fully the vocation to the found with her the Works of the Cross. They are two with one heart.
Born in France in 1859, Felix became a Marist priest for the missions (1887). His first mission was Colombia where his zeal for souls was put to the test by the enemies of the Church. After six years, in 1902, he is moved to Mexico. It is said that "he could not say farewell to Colombia without his soul bleeding."
On the 4th of February of 1903 he met Conchita. She had gone to confession early that day, but when the trolley car in which she traveled passed by a church, she felt the urge go again. At the confessional she providentially me Fr. Felix who had just finished a novena to the Holy Spirit asking to be a fervent priest. Conchita read his soul and could see his desire to grow spiritually. She knew that he was the priest chosen to found with her the Works of the Cross.
"After a few words, Conchita began to speak to me about my soul for two hours, from ten to twelve, confident of herself and as if Our Lord inspired her, telling me of my interior life, what she did not like in me (without ever having met) I knew in my soul clearly the truth of the things that were said to me and this gave me confidence in my new penitent. When Our Lord gave me knowledge that I had to trust her, she began to speak to me about the Works of the Cross (at that time she had only founded the Apostleship of the Cross and the Sisters of the Cross.) She told me about the spirit of these Works and suddenly it seemed so beautiful that the idea came to my mind of a Congregation of men, a sister congregation with the Sisters of the Cross. Suddenly I said to Conchita:
— Is there an Oasis of men?
— "No," she replied, "but there will be, because Our Lord has said that after the women are approved, the one for men would be founded, both to support priests."
Fr. Felix´s decision embrace this new vocation cost him much rejection, ridicule and false accusations -even from his own brother who was also a priest. A year after meeting Conchita, they sent him back to France where he obediently trusted in God as he remained faithful to what God had done.
Fr. Felix writes about the letter he received from his superior, the general of the Marists: "I was strictly forbidden to communicate with Mrs. Armida, either directly or indirectly".
After ten years, Conchita persuaded bishop Ibarra to ask for his return to Mexico. He arrived during the Cristero war and went straight to Conchita to tell her that he was ready for the Works of the Cross. In 1924, 21 years after they had met, they founded the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit at top of Tepeyac, where we saw the Cross. God puts his own to the test to make them ONE with Him.
L.C. family praying at the tomb of Fr.Felix.
The sign on the wall is from Jn.6:49, "Your fathers eat the manna in the desert and died." To believe that God gave manna in the past is not enough. Fr. Felix believed that God was doing wonders in his own life and he responded in faith with great trust, humility and audacity. He is one of our patrons in L.C.
Visit to the Cathedral of Mexico
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Pilgrims come from all the towns of Mexico, many walking for days, bringing statues and banners. Their sacrifices are an example to us. Jesus surely looks at them with profound love but also with sorrow for many are like sheep without a shepherd. They are attracted to their Mother but they need someone to guide them to the fullness of faith.
We of the Love Crucified Community came from 6 states of USA and Colombia, but in our hearts we brought the entire Community, our families and the whole Church. We too must come humbly seeking the help of our Mother.
The old basilica (left), home for centuries to he Image of Guadalupe until it was moved to the new, Oct 12,1976.
Our Mother is the woman of Revelation: The sun radiates behind her, the moon beneath her feet, the stars are are her mantle... Also, the praise of the angels around her was discovered based on the notes deduced from the position of the stars and flowers on her tunic.
On November 14, 1921, a man approached the image of Our Lady and placed a bomb hidden among flowers. The explosion did not cause her any damage, did not even break the glass that covered the image. Instead, impact of the explosion was received by the crucifix that was next to her and was left in the condition that we see in the photo.
The Lord has told us that the Missionaries of the Cross must be like a bronze wall to protect and defend the Mothers of the Cross. Now we can also say that we must be as that crucifix which represents what He did. As Jesus died for His bride, the Church, we must give our lives daily for her. The enemies of Christ pass away but He remains. Today a larger crucifix stands guard next to Our Lady of Guadalupe.