What is the foundational scripture of the MGLs?

Jesus said, “I have come to bring fire to the earth and how I wish it were blazing already” (Lk 12:49)

The Missionaries of God’s Love exist to share Jesus’ mission to bring this fire to the earth. It is the fire of God’s love, burning in the heart of Jesus, which took Him to the Cross. It is also the fire of the Holy Spirit poured out at Pentecost, and now experienced in a new way in the Church. The Missionaries immerse themselves in this fire through the grace of “baptism in the Spirit,” through daily meditation on the Cross of Jesus, and through Eucharistic adoration. With this fire burning within their hearts, they give all for the sake of the Kingdom and, commit themselves to the spreading of the Good News of God’s love to the ends of the earth.

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What are the vows that the MGL take?

We consecrate ourselves to the Lord through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and to offer ourselves for the preaching of the Good News to the ends of the earth.

When the Missionaries take vows they call upon the fire of the Holy Spirit to empower them and they consecrate themselves to the heart of Jesus broken in love for the world, placing themselves under the mantle of protection of Mary the Mother of God, who they trust graciously intercedes for them.

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What is the MGL vision for living poverty?

The Missionaries seek to have Jesus’ attitude of trust in the Father’s provident care, living in absolute dependence on the Father (Lk 12:22-32). We also seek to be detached from all things and relationships, not storing up treasures on earth (Mt 6:19-21). At the appropriate time in their journey, brothers give away all that they own to the poor and follow Jesus in a radical way (Mk 10:17-22). The Missionaries live a simple way of life in regard to food, clothing and housing. All that we do have, we hold in common. Our poverty enables us to move lightly on the journey and is lived in a spirit of joyful simplicity, filled with gratitude for the goodness of God who provides so bountifully for us.

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What is the MGL vision for living the vow of Chastity?

The Missionaries embrace celibacy in imitation of Jesus for the sake of the Kingdom of God (Mt 19:12). It is a beautiful gift from the Lord, whereby He captures a brother’s heart and, expands the heart in love for all men and women. This celibate love cannot be contained. It is a love that reaches out to the lost and needy to offer the Good News. It makes the brothers uniquely available to be sent in evangelisation and enables them to give their undivided attention to the Lord (1 Cor 7:32-35). To fulfil the celibate vocation, the Missionaries maintain a deep and strong prayer life. In addition, the way of life of the brotherhood provides an atmosphere of acceptance, sharing, affection, and challenge, bringing a healthy balance to our lives, enabling us to live celibacy joyfully and freely.

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What is the MGL vision for living obedience?

Following Jesus, we want to be obedient to the Father’s will in everything (Jn 5:34). We submit ourselves to the way of life of prayer, brotherhood, evangelisation, order and discipline, making it our very own. We seek to discover God’s will for us through communal dialogue, consultation and discernment. Brothers are in obedience to the Moderator and whoever he appoints in authority. Authority is exercised in the spirit of Jesus, as a servant who washes the feet of brothers (Jn 13:1-20). Brothers in authority are meant to listen, dialogue, consult, and facilitate the gifts of others. They are not to “lord it over” anyone (Mk 10:35-45). Often the spirit of obedience requires an individual to give way his own will for the sake of the common good.

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What does it mean that the MGLs are charismatic?

Our life springs from the experience of the “Baptism in the Holy Spirit”. This  the grace that renews sacramental baptism, opens one to charismatic gifts, brings one into deeper conscious relationship with Jesus as Saviour and Lord, and brings personal transformation, enabling a person to yield the fruits of the Spirit in a new way.

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What is the lay community that the MGLs are part of?

A distinctive feature of the Missionaries of God’s Love is that it is a consecrated group within a Catholic charismatic Covenant community, the Disciples of Jesus. The Disciples of Jesus community is a lay community located in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.  The Community is made up of people from all walks of life, all states of life, and all stages of life. Members are dedicated to developing a Catholic way of life which is true to their baptismal calling. They seek to live out their baptism by developing a way of life that is true to the gospel, and by bringing the Good News of Jesus to others through various works of evangelisation.

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How do the MGL priests and brothers pray?

The Missionaries of God’s Love has a vigorous prayer life. Personal prayer is crucial for a life with Jesus. Brothers seek to develop an attitude of continuous prayer in the heart. Silent adoration of Jesus in the reserved Eucharist is highly prized; brothers are committed to at least one hour of adoration when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed each day. We aim to develop the gift of contemplation – that loving attentive gaze of the heart upon Jesus. Reading of Scripture and meditation on the Word of God is important, as well as the reading of spiritual books. The examen and regular use of the sacrament of reconciliation are also crucial for growth.

Our communal prayer has different expressions. We are committed to Eucharist as the centre of our whole common life and mission. We also celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours, chanting the psalms, at morning, evening and night. We have times of charismatic praise and use of charismatic gifts, praying over one another and ministering to one another in the Spirit. We especially value prophesy as a means of the Lord speaking to us words of encouragement and direction. We also have times of intercession and spiritual warfare, being […]

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What is your vision for mission?

The Missionaries of God’s Love exist to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth. We preach the fire of God’s love in Jesus crucified. We call people to conversion, a profound change of heart, and acceptance of Jesus as their personal Saviour and Lord. We lead them into the experience of the baptism in the Spirit and assist them in becoming genuine disciples of Jesus. We offer them the opportunity of living in a committed Christian community and equip them with the gifts and skills necessary for them to become evangelists themselves. We do all this through involvement in specific ministries such as youth camps, university outreach, spiritual retreats, catechumenate, programs for renewal, evangelising rallies, schools of evangelisation, healing ministry, street evangelising, pilgrimages and so forth.

By the grace of ordination, those brothers who are priests are consecrated and sent to proclaim the Good News to the poor in a special way (Lk 4:18-19). They do so in the authority of Jesus as head of His body, the Church. Our vision of priesthood is essentially apostolic, prophetic and missionary. We share in the universal mission of the Church to bring the Good News to the ends […]

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What is the MGL Spiritual Association?

The Spiritual Association is for lay people who wish to unite their lives with the Missionaries of God’s Love in a spirit of prayer and sacrifice both spiritual and practical. The Spiritual Association, which was formed in 1989, enables lay people to join together to become a vital storehouse of prayer and support for the Missionaries of God’s Love.

The aims of the Association are:

to share the way of life of the Missionaries in a manner appropriate to one’s state in life;
to intercede for the Missionaries by prayer, fasting and/or self-denial; and
to help the work in practical ways as the opportunity arises.

Some will be drawn to offer financial support but this is not necessary for membership.

Some principles which are fundamental to the Missionaries of God’s Love and also for the Spiritual Association are:

to be centred on the Eucharist, daily Mass if possible, and an extended time of prayer each day before the Blessed Sacrament;
prayer and fasting;
growth in personal holiness, through ongoing repentance, self-denial and charity;
evangelization by bringing the Good News of Jesus to the poor; and
to have devotion to Our Lady, praying the Rosary daily and trusting in her mantle of protection.

In general, these practices are goals rather than binding requirements […]

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