The discovery of the Hispanity of the Filipinas is one of the concrete works of ‘transfiguring the culture’, for to rediscover the roots of the Filipinas is to declare with a loud voice that the culture of the Filipinas is a Catholic Culture.
General Chapter Concluded
After months of preparation, the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) held its VII General Chapter from July 1 to 23, 2016 in Montefiascone, Italy. At least 63 Chapter Fathers, coming from the various missions of the Institute around the world, participated to elect for the new general government and discuss the various aspects regarding the life and mission of the Institute.
Convivencia in Filipinas: Sagada
Once a year, the whole seminary leaves its home in Lipa and drives north towards the Central Cordillera Mountains. This more than 400-km journey offered us various scenes of the Luzon islands: from the busy Manila roads, through the plains of the Central Luzon up to the chilly climate of ever-popular Baguio City.
In Obedience to the Missionary Mandate
On the day of the Ascension we finished our second mission ad gentes in Taiwan, and we remembered the mandate Our Lord gave to His Apostles, before His departure, that of preaching (Lc 24:47) until the remotest part of the earth (Acts 1:8) the same Gospel. A commandment that the Church cannot avoid without negating herself and that gives to every mission a unique point of view the obedience.
What does it mean to be a member of the Institute of the Incarnate Word? The Magisterium of St. John Paul II provided our characteristic features, which are our tools for the evangelization of the cultures.
Part of the formation program is to train the future priest to live a way of life befitting his state. In our Houses of Formation, our day is saturated with prayers, work, studies and moments of recreation.
IVE Philippines is constructing four buildings in Lipá for the use of members under formation. Since 2014, the seminarians are already residing in this new compound, witnessing the improvement of their House of Formation.
Crónica en Español. The first week of the August in the Institute of the Incarnate Work marks the celebration of the ‘Week of Culture’, which culminates on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord,
Once a year, the whole seminary leaves its home in Lipa and drives north towards the Central Cordillera Mountains. This more than 400-km journey offered us various scenes of the Luzon islands: from the busy
Our Lady of the Pillar is the patroness of Spain, the Spanish Civil Guards and of the Hispanic Countries. Her feast coincides with the Día de la Raza (Day of the [...]
Our Lady of the Pillar is the patroness of Spain, the Spanish Civil Guards and of the Hispanic Countries. Her feast coincides with the Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) or the Día de la Hispanidad, as the Philippines was first organized and developed by the Spanish Missionary Friars. President Elpidio Quirino said, 'Los filipinos celebramos como nuestra la Fiesta de la Raza, porque tenemos fe en la vitalidad de los pueblos hispanicos' (The Filipinos celebrates as our own the Feast of the Raze because we have faith in the vitality of the Hispanic nations)
St. John Paul II is the spiritual father of the Institute of the Incarnate Word.
All Day (Saturday)
Our charism is the evangelization of culture, that is, to 'transifugure' the culture with the light of the Gospel. This is to make all cultures deeply rooted in the Gospel’s norms of life by assuming their elements of truth and beauty, purifying them from all that is anti-human, making them wholly Christian, so that all what is truly human my be ruled by Jesus Christ. Thus we dedicate ourselves to concretely extend Christ’s presence in families, education, mass media and the scholarly, and in all other legitimate manifestation of man.
Our spirituality is “anchored in the sacrosanct mystery of the Incarnation”, it derives from the same Word made flesh and from the Blessed Virgin Mary. Their lives are our rule of behavior.
We want as well to have a serious spirituality, namely, not ruled by sensitivity but by faith. for this reason we follow the greatest spiritual teachers, such as St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Louis Marie Grignion of Montfort.
Our lives, in turn, are to be truly marked by the Cross because “We should not want to know anything “except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2)” and because we need to “complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions” (Col 1:24). No IVE religious should be exempt of hardships and crosses, because it was so in Our Divine Redeemer.
Our main pastoral goal is to extend the Incarnation to all men, in the whole man, and in all of the manifestations of man. We seek to uplift every culture according to the principles of the Gospel. Here in the Philippines, our Institute has organized different oratory groups for the children in different parishes. For them, we organize pilgrimages, trips, ‘Youth Days’, ‘Days of Formation’ and ‘Family Days’. Our priests also preach the Spiritual Exercises according to the Method of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which for hundreds of years has been praised by different popes and saints.
Slaves of Mary
Our fourth vow is of slavery to the Blessed Virgin Mary. By this vow we consecrate to Mary totally and in a filial slavery of love according to Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort’s commendable method.
We seek to Marianize our entire lives by doing all things with Mary, in Mary and for Mary. In this sense, our Constitutions remark: every faithful slave of Mary must invoke her, salute her, think of her, talk about her, honor her, glorify her, entrust himself to her, rejoice and suffer with her, work, pray and rest with her. In brief, one must seek to live always, through Jesus and Mary, with Jesus and Mary, in Jesus and Mary, and for Jesus and Mary. (# 89)
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