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(entrusted to the General Government for the drawing of the final document)

Acts of the International Seminar
on "Jesus, the Master"
(Ariccia, October 14-24, 1996)

by Assembly



1. The original enlightenment of the Founder (Venite ad me omnes) has been a fundamental experience that is proposed to all the Pauline Family: the Person of the Divine Master and the conviction of having a mission to accomplish on behalf of his contemporaries has been forced that has spurred and directed his entire life and activities.

2. Regardless of the ambiguity that the term "master" may bring, we must assume and live the Divine Master as authentic disciples and to present him in a convincing manner in its singularity starting from the biblical, historical-charismatic foundations and from contemporary theology.

3. Jesus presents himself as "master" by making himself servant by guiding his people as Good Shepherd, by establishing a vital relationship with the disciples, by giving his life for all, by always remaining with them. After the model of Paul, an exemplary disciple of the Divine Master, the Pauline Family discovers also the dimension of struggle and of the cross, a struggle that is made concrete in work and in solicitude towards all peoples.


4. The integrality of the person of Jesus Christ the Master, Way, Truth and Life, appears to be the "common spirit" of the Pauline Family. It is the source and the reason of being of the unity in plurality among the Institutes, hence the guarantee and criterion of verification of the journey of unity that the whole Pauline Family accomplishes in its various Institutes.

5. The various Institutions founded by Fr. Alberione as well as the devotions of the Pauline Family have as their final goal the giving of the whole Christ to all.

6. The first task of the Pauline Family, a task that cannot be given up, is the conformation to the Master. It is a conformation that springs forth as a response of love to the love coming from the Father and it is made concrete in a continuing growth. It is the assimilation in life, understood as adherence to the Master on the level of faith, of life and of apostolate until the identification with Christ or "Christification": to become "alter Christus, alter Magister."

7. Inasmuch as the goal of conformation to the Divine Master is "until Christ is formed in us," the Pauline takes care of his/her ongoing integral formation by living in an attitude of continuing conversion, while, in view of this, he/she also makes a good use of spiritual direction.

8. The Pauline vocation pastoral is a proposal geared towards the mission of the Pauline as a person of communication. He presents the Pauline mission as an engaging, global and integrating realization, to which it is worth giving one’s whole life.

9. It is a must that our formators have an adequate formation and that they directly participate in the apostolate.


10. Apostle is he who has been made disciple of the Master in order to be in the position to give him to men. Every Pauline man or woman is a teacher according to the measure with which, in the light of Christ the Master, he/she serves and gives life in the accomplishment of his/her mission at the service of men, his/her contemporaries.

11. The connection between spirituality and mission is inseparable. To divide these two realities is to betray the charismatic legacy of the Founder and to disown the Master-disciple relationship that the Gospel offers us. From the Divine Master we must grasp, aside from the inseparability between spirituality and mission, the contemporariness.

12. Our apostolate has in Christ its origin, its object and goal, as well as its modality or method.


13. By taking up the content of the total Christ (the Master), according to the formulations of Vatican II, of the Evangelii Nuntiandi and of the Redemptoris missio, firmly establish the unification and integrality of the Pauline and the realization of our mission with a pastoral method suitable to the new times and the new communication technologies, thus meeting the needs of men today.

14. A renewed understanding of Christ Master not only allows the Pauline Family to enter with a suitable spirituality into the world of communication of the year 2000, but also the mission of the "new evangelization" in the culture of communication can find the truth, the way and the life that is suitable with the pluralism, the freedom and the planning, lived in multimediality and interactiveness.

15. The Pauline exercises the service of evangelization (as response to the call of Christ Master) by performing it with a pastoral spirit (that is, with adaptation to the different environments of inculturation) and hence with a vision to the future.

16. In our commitment to interpret Alberione’s charismatic legacy today, we must always aim at a creative fidelity, with a profound assimilation of the past, in view of a renewed expression open to the future. "The project of inculturation of Christ Master Way, Truth and Life is the project of evangelization of the Pauline Family for the year 2000."

* The proposals had this outcome:

Proposed titles:
You call me Master and Lord...
Jesus master, yesterday, today and forever...
(A spirituality for the mission)

Introduction. Motive and chronicle of the Seminar. Jesus Master: the great need of humanity at the doors of the Third Millenium.

"For me to live is Christ..." (Phil 1:21)

1. The Divine Master in the personal experience and in the teaching of Fr. Alberione. The vital synthesis in Fr. Alberione. The intuition of the Founder. Biblical foundation (Gospel and Paul).

"We are children of God, and heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ" (Rom 8:17)

2. Foundation and legacy for the Pauline Family: "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: Jesus Christ, Way, Truth and Life." Unity in multiplicity: a Family that today communicates the gift received.

"Forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead,
I continue my pursuit toward the goal... in Christ Jesus"
(Phil 3:13-14)

3. The process of discipleship in Christ Master. The dynamic fidelity to the proposal of the Founder.

"I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible" (1 Cor 9:19)

4. The Pauline Family at the School of the Divine Master in the culture of communication. The challenge of inculturation and of pastorality. The Pauline Family towards the new Millenium. (come back to text)


           Jesus Master yesterday, today and for ever

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