In response to the infirmities of the modern world the Emmanuel Community offers solidarity. The Community lives it’s mission together as either priests, lay or consecrated. The experience of the Emmanuel Community is lived through three pillars: adoration, compassion and evangelisation. Faith is rooted in Eucharistic Adoration which leads us to evangelisation and compassion; the love pouring from the Heart of Jesus for all, those who suffer in body or because they do not know God. To be a member of the Emmanuel Community is to live these graces fully. This is a call than can be lived by any baptised person.
This call cannot be lived alone. Members of the Community encourage and sustain in each other in living their call and mission in the Church. Members concretely commit themselves to the Community by attending sharing groups, mission, days of prayer and formation and spiritual companionship. Individually members are encouraged to attend daily mass, take long times of daily prayer and daily praise.
For us, the Emmanuel Community members, Adoration is the ‘place’ where everything begins.
“Members of the Emmanuel Community commit themselves, as far as possible to a long period of daily adoration (adoration of the Blessed Sacrament when possible)”
It is in prayer that our life must be grounded, because that is the first place where we meet God, the source of our life.
Adoration is also where we meet a personal God who gives His life, and fulfills the expectations of our heart, through His love and His forgiveness. Through the Eucharist, one is invited to live the Paschal Mystery (death and resurrection of Christ). Eucharistic adoration is first a prayer of Christ and then of the Church. Thus, this proximity to Jesus leads us to intercede in prayer for the whole world.
As Adoration is lived day after day it leads us to live and share Christ’s compassion towards all men: such is the compassion for those “who are dying of hunger, materially and spiritually” . This is expressed very concretely in the conduct of the members of the Community and through the various community activities. It is the call to live authentic charity. Jesus offers Himself to the poor man and those who suffer. (cf. Mt 25, 40). However, it is not only a question of easing poverty and material miseries.
Adoration also leads the members of Emmanuel to realise that the biggest misery, the deepest suffering, is when man does not know God and is separated from Him through sin. This knowledge unites them to the compassion of Jesus which found its ultimate expression on the Cross: “God so loved the world and he gave his only Son so that the world is saved by him” (Jn 3, 16-17). Jesus’ true compassion is to save all men through God the Father. To become a follower of Jesus whose name is Emmanuel (God with us), means to burn with the desire to take part in his mission with Him so that all people may be saved.
Adoration and Compassion thus lead to evangelisation, which is the ultimate reason why the Emmanuel Community exists. evangelisation is first and foremost the participation in the announcing of the Gospel, following Christ in the Church. The Good News is addressed to every person of good will in the respect and freedom of his conscience. This evangelisation, for the members of Emmanuel, is comprised of various aspects and is directed in a particular way towards those who do not know God or who have moved away from Him:
- Firstly, evangelisation is witnessed in the individual actions and inner circles of each community member. Each member of the community is a missionary in his daily life; amongst his family, friends, co-workers and even those strangers that happen to cross their path.
- Secondly, it is expressed by the individual commitment of each member to the activities of their local parish as well as to the universal Church by being faithful to Church teachings and seeking to grow in knowledge and faith.
- Thirdly, it encompasses the participation of each member in the apostolic activities of the Community which aim to fulfill the needs of ever growing and new situations in social, economic, political and cultural realities: i.e. evangelisation of families, couples, youth, children as well as street evangelisation and active evangelisation in the workplace.
- Finally, it is incarnated in the missions entrusted explicitly by the Church to the Community.