APOSTLESHIP OF THE CROSS

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Woul
d you like to learn how to take up your daily cross with love, serenity and strength, and drink the cup of the Lord?

The Apostleship of the Cross teaches us how

A challenge for you who are seeking...

  • meaning to your joys and sorrows,

  • a closer relationship with God,

  • to bear His witness in the midst of the world,

  • friends who share your quests

  • to live the common priesthood

The Apostleship of the Cross is the answer

Transformation into Christ is not exclusively part of ministerial priesthood but belongs to the universal priesthood of the baptized.

"An encounter with the Lord brings about a profound transformation in all who do not close themselves off from him. The first impulse coming from this transformation is to communicate to others the richness discovered in the experience of the encounter. This does not mean simply teaching what we have come to know but also, like the Samaritan woman, enabling others to encounter Jesus personally: "Come and see" (Jn 4:29).

"They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed that day with him" (Jn 1:38-39).  This "staying" is not limited to the day of one's call, but rather extends to the whole of life".  (Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America, 68).

To follow is to respond to the invitation of  Jesus: "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me". This leads us to follow Christ in the mystery of His Victim Priesthood, for which He offers Himself to the Father for the salvation of men. It implies living with and like Jesus, adopting His ideals, taking on His mission and His destiny, even being transformed in Him.
 


Who are we in the Church?

The Apostleship of the Cross is an association inspired by God to the Venerable Servant of God Concepción Cabrera de Armida. It was founded in Mexico on May 3, 1895, and approved by Pope Leo XIII on May 25, 1898.

It is one of the five Works of the Cross, acknowledged by the Church and enlivened by the same spirit, that is, the spirit of Christ, Priest, and Victim, and all united form the Works of the Cross.

The Apostleship of the Cross is an association in the Church open to all Catholics: laity, priests and religious. Men and women who wish to live their baptismal consecration according to the Spirituality of the Cross and thus respond to the universal vocation to sanctity. 

The Apostleship of the Cross is for the Catholic of today.  It gives meaning to our quests, to our joys and hopes, our sadness and anguishes through prayer, shared faith, and reflection on God's presence in our lives.

We are called to take up our daily cross with love and follow Jesus, Priest and Victim.  One could simply say that our mission is the same as that of Jesus: continue his work for the salvation of men.  Our divine task is the transformation into Christ. 

 

What does the Apostleship of the Cross have to offer?

  • A way to find your personal fulfillment as an individual and as a Christian

  • A community in search of spiritual growth through prayer, shared faith
    and reflection on the Word of God

  • To discover and share with others the gifts that God has given you

  • The opportunity to do apostolic work in the service of the Church   

 

 

Fundamental practice of the of the members of the Apostleship of the Cross

They offer themselves with Jesus, Priest and Victim in their daily cross, that is, in their work and rest, in their sorrows and joys. United with Jesus, and through the hands of Mary, they make of their lives a priestly offering, so the Holy Spirit reigns for the glory of the Father. Imploring graces for the world, the Church and especially for priests.

The Chain of Love is the characteristic way of living the baptismal priesthood for those who live the Spirituality of the Cross.


Our call

The Apostleship of the Cross, in the Church, is a group of Christians who follow Christ, Priest and Victim, and who are moved by the Holy Spirit to:

  • Discover in their lives the salvific meaning of suffering accepted in love

  • Offer to the Father, through the hands of Mary, Christ, Priest and Victim

  • Offer the daily sacrifices and crosses of their lives with Christ, Priest and Victim, for the salvation of souls and the benefit of priests

  • Work efficiently to communicate to others the Spirituality of the Cross through their apostolic action. 

and thus give glory to the Heavenly Father, console the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and extend the kingdom of the Holy Spirit. (Bylaws and Regulations of the Apostleship of the Cross, 6).

 


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