Foundations & Vision
HOLY CROSS CHARISM: Inclusiveness
GRADUATION OUTCOME: Courageous, Collaborative Leaders
“For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them”!
1 Cor 12:20-26
But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I do not need you.” Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this. But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.
“We draw our inspiration for the gifts of our history and heritage to serve all whom we meet. Basil Moreau founded the congregation based on a principle of equality. We are challenged to value inclusiveness and collaboration in our life and ministry. He rooted Holy Cross deeply in the local church and context, and we are challenged to value adaptability. He stressed community and union, and we are continually challenged to shape our life and ministry by these values. He instructed us to show preference to the poor, ‘those who have no one else to show them preference, those who have the least knowledge, those who lack skills and talent, and those who are not Catholic or Christian (Christian Education “Zeal”) In the poor and in all people, Basil Moreau said that we must see ‘the image of God imprinted within them like a sacred seal that must be preserved at all costs’ (Christian Education, “Zeal”).” [General Chapter, 2010].
“It is not one alone who builds; nor is it one stone, or one single beam of wood, that forms it. Each worker contributes something from its own trade; each stone is cut to fit into its one appointed place; and each piece of wood is arranged and placed so as to enhance the general effect of the entire building.” Moreau
“Great teachers are courageous and unshakable and tender and compassionate, like Jesus Christ, the model of all teachers, who loved to be bothered by young people. Without this zeal among teachers, everything falls apart.” Moreau
“To succeed in the important undertaking entrusted to us, we must be, first of all, so closely united in charity as to form but one mind and one soul.” Moreau
“Our mission sends us across borders of every sort. Often we must make ourselves at home among more than one people or culture, reminding us again that the farther we go in giving the more we stand to receive. Our broader experience allows both the appreciation and the critique of every culture and the discloser that no culture of this world can be our abiding home.” (Constitutions of Holy Cross, 17).
“It is essential to our mission that we strive to abide so attentively together that people will observe: ‘See how they love one another.’ We will then be a sign in an alienated world: men who have, for love of their Lord, become closest neighbors, trustworthy friends, brothers.” (Constitutions of Holy Cross, 42.)