To illustrate what constitutes a charism, especially one who’s lived in the International Misericordia Family, here are two texts to deepen this subject.
If religious communities often talk about their “charism” this term is rarely defined, to the point where it remains rather unclear. The use of this term in relation to religious life is recent. Paul VI used it for the first time in 1971 in his pontifical document Evangelica testificatio when he wrote, “Only in this way will you be able to reawaken hearts to truth and to divine love in accordance with the charisms of your founders.” (On the renewal of religious life).
A text written by Loup Besmond de Senneville, journal La Croix, Septembre 13, 2014.
The Three Components of a Founding Charism
The Misericordia Sisters are leaving their founding charism to the International Misericordia Family. By saying yes to the spiritual legacy of a religious congregation we say yes to their spiritual and missionary history in the Church and in society. The Misericordia Sisters received a very particular charism from Bishop Bourget which was to clothe oneself with the heartfelt mercy of God in view of a specific mission. For over 170 years, more than 830 women, chose to walk in the footsteps of Rosalie in religious life and to be at the service of a mission of mercy by living the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy. It is thanks to our predecessors that we have the privilege to have come together to continue this mission that has proven itself time and time again.
A text written by Denise Tessier, Coordinator of the RCJC. Text for the Misericordia International Family Annual Gathering – October 13-16, 2016.