Notes of the Society

The Society intends to provide an intense alternative pressure to that which is being placed on us by our culture. Society Membership reminds adherents of their Christocentric and Creedal commitment to live their whole lives as Worship to God by providing mutual support, encouragement and accountability. Members will seek the richness of this life for themselves and will order their lives for the strengthening of their fellows and their parish to impact the good of the Church and the World in accordance with the principles and the rule that follows.

I. The Priority of Worship

Worship as adoration is participation in the work of God and is therefore at the centre of our life together; it is both the source and the end of our lives. Worship is a public and political act that recognizes the ultimate sovereignty of God. Worship as adoration demands that we offer our best to God. We achieve excellence in worship by attending to the Good, the True and the Beautiful.

Individual members of the Society will commit to participate regularly and pursue excellence in corporate Worship in the parish where they serve. They will participate weekly in the Eucharistic sacrament as the source and strength of their life. They will devote themselves to the reading of sacred scripture and prayer.

II. Bonds of Affection

We believe that to re-evangelize the culture it is imperative that we as Christians first be converted and transformed corporately and individually. Therefore the Society recognizes parochial life as a prime location of intentional action on the world. Through the bonds of affection we recognize our interdependence and responsibility one to another for the common good and for our redemption in Christ.

By entering into the Society members are held together in charity and accountability. It is our intention that members  will feel incomplete without the Society and the Society incomplete without them.  Members will seek the advice of the Society in meeting personal problems and difficulties and in the discernment of their life’s vocation. In undertaking additional or new work the corporate life of the Society will be taken into account. Members must be prepared for challenge and encouragement when they ask for advice.

III. Liberty

We believe that ‘liberty’ does not mean freedom from but freedom to. In a communal perspective, each of the faithful has a precise mission to accomplish with the Church and the world, and no one is dispensable in the whole. The Society will allow and encourage full scope for the development of individual vocations and talents while insisting on the individual’s accountability for the common good of our society. It will encourage and push its members to develop their personal gifts and thus to enrich the offering laid at the feet of Christ.

IV. Stewardship

Members of the Society will always strive to regard material possessions, as well as vocational, spiritual and personal gifts, as a stewardship of wealth to be consecrated to the service of God. Members are not required to renounce worldly possessions or to surrender positions of influence or moderate comfort, but they are encouraged to tithe and support their parish financially and to be open to being challenged within the bonds of affection.

V. Labour of the Mind

As a community rooted in scripture and in the Great Tradition of Christian thought we believe that the life of the mind begins in the study of God who is the source of all that is Good. Members will therefore endeavour to worship God with their minds as well as with heart and soul. They will be rooted in the Scripture and the Creeds, fearless in following truth, and will constantly try to express it, so that Christ may be fully presented as thought and word allow. They will have a private rule of reading. Each member will seek according to his/her vocation and ability to bring new thought and knowledge under the discipline of Christ and use it for a better understanding of the loving purposes of God.

VI. Social Transformation

Members of the Society are concerned with social transformation in their various vocations. Members endeavor to resist the trend in Western culture toward de-politicization, that is, the trend toward skepticism about formal political processes and privatization of belief that leads to inaction in the public realm.

Members agree that the source of all our “principles of reflection, norms of judgment and directives for action in the world” (Pope Paul VI, A Call to Action) begin with the study of God–the truth that sets us free–and from there proceed, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, to reflect upon the Gospel of Christ and the social teaching of the Church. In particular, the doctrines of creation, incarnation, and the final end of humanity require the faithful “to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #898) for the sake of all women and men and for the sake of the created order.

Members seek to understand how their vocation relates to the social doctrines of the Great Tradition primarily by the re-appropriation of the Christian doctrine of Charity. They continually seek to be aware of the social and political realities of their city and nation in order to act on their world within the context of, with the cooperation of, and under the direction of the parish in which they worship.

VII. Discipline

Members of the Society are under authority, pledged to assist in maintaining its common discipline. They will be particularly careful in the practice of internal discipline and surrender to the will of God, and in submitting to the degree of corporate influence of the Society. Each member will have a share in the formation of that common mind, and will accept it in a spirit of love and loyalty, and in confidence in the combined experience of the whole fellowship. It is his or her duty to see that his or her own contribution to the corporate mind of the Society will strengthen the authority of the whole society over individual members.

Each member of the Society must bring energy, fortitude, persistence, commitment and love to their work and must perceive it as vocational. Members of the Society will exercise discipline by seeking the good the true and the beautiful in all of life. They will regularly make thanksgiving to God for his love until thanksgiving becomes spontaneous and easy. They will be regular in recreation; they will try to avoid anxiety they will check discouragement and depression, and avoid complaint and bitterness. They will accept their share of weariness and sorrow, and be faithful to the following of him who for the joy that was set before him endured the Cross. They will endure labour or sacrifice which will minister to the joy of others.