The Servants of Love is a self-supporting community of men and women whose lives are dedicated to following the teachings of Jesus Christ as set forth in the Gospels and as interpreted by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Spirituality of the community is to fulfill the Commandments of God to serve Love, as expressed by Jesus in...
1st Commandment: to love God with all one's heart, soul, mind and
On both these commandments depend the law and the prophets.
So we are to love God, our Neighbour and Ourself. How are we to do this?
In accordance with the New Commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.
Imitation of Jesus' Love
The community's expression of the Imitation of Jesus' Love is twofold - Contemplative and Active.
We take to heart the words of Jesus, 'Seek first the Kingdom of God and everything else will be given to you'; 'Mary has chosen the better part'; and, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within'. Also the Gospel comment about the Mother of God, 'She pondered all these things in her heart'. These words inspire us to be reflective people, striving to live always in the Presence of God, to listen to the whispers of His Word that we may carry out His Will. And they inspire us to spend time alone with God in meditation and silence so as to become One with Him in the peace and happiness that only He can give.
He taught in the synagogues and public places. He preached, healed and did all kinds of good works. And He exhorted us to 'Go, teach all nations'. So, we imitate and obey Him by striving to bring the light of His Word and the example of His Life to the world. To assist in this, we wear a simple blue habit in honour of Our Lady as an outward sign of commitment.
As well as promises of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, the sisters and brothers of the Servants of Love make a special vow of Seeing the Goodness of God in all things. We are devoted to perceiving and humbly accepting God's Love operating in and through all things. Without condoning anything evil, we praise God for His ineffable wisdom and power in bringing good out of what to many is a stumbling block - the Cross. This teaches us an attitude of simplicity, meekness and love for God under difficult circumstances. As Jesus said, 'Learn of me, for I am meek and humble of heart'.
In today's world, many seem to falter in their faith on this point. Much war, social turmoil and interrelationship strife, as well as personal difficulties, could be solved by people having a loving attitude to the ever-active Goodness of God which always works for our individual and collective good. The ways of God are not always our ways... The Servants of Love feel a special calling to promote devotion to The Goodness of God.
Missionary Charism - the Media
The community understands the invaluable role of the media as a tool for promoting awareness of God's Goodness and Christian values in general, and therefore the members involve themselves, according to each person's gifts, talents and interests, in media work in the professional capacity of actors, musicians, singers, TV and Audio engineers and artists, writers, etc. We put special emphasis on finetuning our creative abilities, not only to artistic excellence, but, more importantly, to the movements of the Holy Spirit so that each person may be a powerful instrument for the Lord. Through this approach we hope to do the most good to the most amount of people.
Government, Election of Superior, etc.
Every year, on the 25th March, Feast of the Annunciation, the community elects a superior or moderator for the year. This person has the power of 'final say' in the democratic decision-making of the community. To balance out the needs of both male and female members, another person is also elected, an assistant moderator, necessarily of opposite sex to the first. Both these members are chosen to look after the good of the community.
The Community Council is normally convened to discuss matters of serious import. Matters of 'lesser' import may be decided upon by the moderator and assistant moderator together or individually.
Devotion to Mary and the Blessed Eucharist
As well as the Imitation of Jesus in His Poverty (to have as possession only what is absolutely necessary), Chastity (all the members are committed to celibacy) and Obedience (to the Church and to the rules of the Community), the Servants of Love have a childlike love and devotion to Mary as our Mother and Mediatrix of Graces. To this end we consecrate ourselves to her, each year, by renewing The True Devotion to The Blessed Virgin (St. Louis Marie de Montfort). Though not a charism exclusive to the Servants of Love, love for Mary is viewed by the Servants as a very important part of our Imitation of Jesus, second only to love for Jesus Himself in the Blessed Eucharist, the Mystical Centre around which the whole spiritual life of the community revolves.