The first call of a religious Brother is to a relationship of love with God – which then overflows into a love of neighbour as oneself. The word “Brother”, speaks of a whole world of relationships. We are brothers to each other and to the poor because Jesus has made himself a brother to each of us.
"Be only all for Jesus”
“WE MUST BE MEN WHO PRAY. If we do not pray, we are not brothers.”
Religious life is often described as a particular way of following Jesus. In his earthly life, Jesus had many followers, and by far most of them lived their normal way of life but went to see Jesus when he came to their towns. They tried to understand his teachings and put them into practice. But he called certain others to follow him around on his journeys, to detach themselves from their families and their work, and to become fellow-workers with him in his own ministry.
Many theologians see religious life as a continuation of this form of participation in Jesus's own way of life. The vocation of the Missionaries of Charity Brothers is one of many different ways of doing this, “a way” among many. One of the reasons the Church values religious life, when it is lived radically and authentically; is that it shows what the power of God can do.
People know that by ourselves, we humans will always fall into arguments, divisions, factions. If there is a community of love, it is certain that something more than human is at work ….. the grace of God.
The Vocation of Brotherhood