The fundamental aspects of our charism are animated by the Magisterium of Saint John Paul the Great, whom we also consider as our spiritual father. In fact, our constitutions quotes him 1,100 times. This is not merely to decorate the document, but they are what we call the essential or ‘non-negotiable’ element-element that has been lived by our Religious Family from the very beginning and has greatly characterized us.
What is this essential element? This is embodied in the numbers 30-31 of our Constitution: “the specific charism of our Institute requires all its members to work in supreme docility to the Holy Spirit and according to the pattern of the Virgin Mary, in order that Jesus Christ may be the Lord of all that is genuinely human, even in the most difficult situations and under the most adverse conditions.
This charism is the grace to know how to work concretely in order to prolong Christ in families, education, in the mass media, in the intellectuals and in all other legitimate manifestations of human life. It is the gift to make each man ‘like an new Incarnation of the Word’ by being missionary and Marian’. This includes, primarily the profession of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and Marian slavery, which constitute us as religious of the Institute of the Incarnate Word ”
John Paul II and These Elements. Many times, the great pontiff has said that the feature of the modern world is the lack of understanding of the mystery of Incarnation. Similarly to what has been accomplished by the Incarnation, when the Word assumed human nature, so also we want to work in our lives and in our apostolate in such a way that no apostolate is alien to us, precisely because nothing that is authentically human is alien to us” .
“The very foundation of the evangelization of culture is the mystery of the Incarnate Word. ‘The term acculturation or inculturation may well be a neologism, but it expresses very well one of the elements of the great mystery of the Incarnation”