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Redemptorist Spirituality

Redemptorist spirituality sees God in the ordinary experiences of our life. God is there.

"A Redemptorist tries to have a sense of the fullness of God's life, the abundance of God's love, the experience of God's love in his own mind, and then goes forth and proclaims it. Ours is an Incarnational, very human and holistic spirituality," explains Father Patrick Woods. "God is present — through the birth of Jesus, His death on the cross, and His presence in the Blessed Sacrament. We relate our preaching today to all who are suffering in the world, whether that be from famine, poverty, terrible situations of war, or any other dehumanizing cause. This is where Christ is dying now. He is there with them in their suffering and with plentiful grace, which gives hope for the future."

Redemptorists preach Alphonsus' message of the God of merciful love and the importance of prayer: "Pray and you will be saved. Do not pray and you will be lost."

The Redemptorists' experience of working with alienated and marginalized people enters deeply into their prayer lives; they carry all those with whom they work into their personal prayer. Here their hearts are most in company with Jesus' own desires, as they love and hold them up in hope.

"Prayer and meditation in the Alphonsian tradition is something we live today," Father Woods says. "In thinking about God, thinking about the Passion, we carry God's love forward into all our work."

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