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PPC in Mobile, Alabama   February 16th – February 24th   2018

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The ambition to get in touch with every soul must begin with those near at hand. It must not stop there but should proceed to symbolic steps far beyond the sphere of normal life. That purpose is facilitated by the legionary movement known as the Peregrinatio Pro Christo. This name is adopted from the missionary epic of the Monks of the West, immortalised in Montalembert’s classic. “That invincible multitude went forth from their own country and from their kindred and out of their father’s house.” (Gen 12:1) and traversed Europe in the sixth and seventh centuries, rebuilding the faith which the fall of the Roman Empire had brought down with it.
In the same idealism the Peregrinatio Pro Christo sends teams of legionaries, who have the time and means to spend limited periods in distant places where the religious conditions are bad, on “the delicate, difficult, unpopular mission of revealing that Christ is the Saviour of the world. It must be undertaken by the people.” (Pope Paul VI) Nearby places do not qualify for the Peregrinatio Pro Christo. If possible it should be to a different country.
This assertion, even for as little as a week or two, of the principle of travelling and venturing for the faith can transform legionary thinking and strike the imagination of all. ~ Legion Handbook, Chapter 40, Go Preach the Gospel to the Whole Creation; Section 8, The Peregrinatio Pro Christo
According to Frank Duff, the Peregrinatio Pro Christo can transform Legionary thinking and strike the imagination of all. A PPC mission trip can be a great benefit and transformation to the Legionary who makes the trip and can have a profound effect on the people visited.
All active Legionaries are invited to participate in a PPC, preferably one far from the Legionary’s home. A PPC organized in the “Legion way” is centered on a parish where the legionaries gather each day for a Legion meeting and then set out in pairs to visit every home in the parish. They visit with the people, inviting non-Catholics to consider Catholic Church and inviting non-practicing Catholics to return to the sacraments. They leave literature and church bulletins, especially at locations where no one is home. They work about four hours per day, and the PPC lasts about a week.


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Goal Setting: Helping the Legion Climb to New Heights

High in the Alps – according to a story – stands a monument honoring a faithful guide who perished while ascending a peak to rescue an amateur stranded there due to inclement weather. The memorial plaque reads:  “He died climbing.”

Legion members are asked to “die climbing,” too: to embrace a relentless pursuit of excellence in their service to Jesus through Mary.  As the Handbook reminds us: “The call of the Legion is service without limit or reservation….” and where “excellence is not aimed at, a persevering membership will not be achieved” (H, 15).

One expression of this legionary drive for excellence is the setting of meaningful and achievable goals within praesidia and by councils – the goals which we, on a regular basis, report to our governing bodies.  When prayerfully prepared and wisely worded, these can become an effective means to scaling new heights through constant improvement, necessary correction, and creative expansion.

But what does such a goal look or sound like?  According to business experts and others, each will have five characteristics – characteristics whose first letters combine to make the word “SMART.”  They are “specific,” “measurable,” “action-oriented,” “realistic,” and “time-bound.”

  • “Specific” means having a clear and definite wording. For example, it should not merely relate, “We need to do better,” but should mention in what specific areas improvement is desired – for example, “We will strive to increase the number of active members?”
  • “Measurable” means inclusion of tangible numbers/amounts. Therefore, more than saying, “We will strive to increase the number of active members,” it will relate how many are desired.  For example, “We will strive to increase the number of active members by two.”
  • Next, it is “action-oriented.” This implies providing the “how” behind the “what.”  Using the previous example, the goal should be augmented to read, “We will strive to increase the number of active members by two through interaction with parish members after every weekend Mass once a month.”
  • In addition, a goal is “realistic.” It does not ask for the impossible, nor does it fail to adequately challenge.  For example, a good goal does not seek the founding of a hundred new parish praesidia in a month.  It also does not call for the addition of only one active member in a decade.
  • Lastly, a goal is “time-bound.” It includes a deadline.  This would require insertion into the statement of a temporal limit.  For instance, “We will strive to increase in a year’s time the number of active members by two through interaction with parish members after every weekend Mass once a month.”

Someone once wrote, “When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live.”  Our hope in the army of Our Lady is that, through the motivation of prayerfully prepared and wisely worded goals, we will truly and fully “live the Legion.”  For that sake, let us never stop “climbing,” using as our ropes the goals we courageously prepare and enthusiastically fulfill.

December 17, 2017/Allocutio to the Philadelphia Senatus/Rev. Frank Giuffre

Reading:  Handbook: Chapter 4, Section 5 (“Must finish the race (2 Tim 4:7)”:  pp. 15-16/first three paragraphs)

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