FIVE (5) C's of ST. PAUL (CORE VALUES)

CHRIST is the center and core of OLPSian life.  Christ reveals the Father to us and leads us back to the Father in the Spirit within the Church.  He is the Lord (Col.1:15) who reconciled us with the Father (Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:5), the image we want to become (Phil. 2:8-9), the prize we run for (Phil. 3:7).  With Paul, the OLPSian says, “CHRIST IS MY LIFE” (Phil. 1:21).  “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).  All that the OLPSian holds worthy and essential hinge upon five major values which characterize the heart and spirit of Paul, our Patron.  These may be referred to as the 5 C’s of Paul.

CHRIST-CENTEREDNESS: The Christocentricity of Paul makes him cling to the Cross as a way to Glory.  This is Paschal Spirituality.  “I wish to know Christ and the power flowing from His resurrection; likewise, to know how to share in His sufferings by being formed into the pattern of His death” (Phil. 3:10).

CHARITY: Christ’s love is the motivating force, the power that drives the OLPSian as embodied in the Paulinian Motto:  CARITAS CHRISTI URGET NOS!  Love is the highest gift that Paul exhorts us to seek (1 Cor 13); the law of the community which bears the name of Christ, the summary of all the commandments (Rom 13, 8; Phil. 2, 1-5).

COMMISSION: The charity commissions us to proclaim Him as the Good News to all.  The OLPSian is an ambassador for Christ (2 Cor 5:20), servants and stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Cor 4:1; 2 Cor 4,5).

COMMUNITY: The OLPSian contributes to the building of the body of Christ which is the Church, the community of all who had been justified in Christ.  All of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it, we belong to each other (Rom 12, 6).

CHARISM: The OLPSian recognizes and respects the gifts of people, realizing that each gift is for a different purpose but all for the building of communities of faith, hope and love (1 Cor 12, 13).

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