Like the first Christians

The Teresian Association is committed to a humanizing task which has its roots in the Incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth in history. This is a commitment to the human being and his dignity as the key for any meaningful change. We are women and men who live our faith in daily life, aware of the gift we receive at baptism. We nourish it with prayer, the Eucharist, and fraternal and family communion. This is why we try to ensure that all our actions are inspired by the values and demands of the Gospel.

"The Incarnation, well understood, the person of Christ, his nature and his life, provide for those who understand it the sure standard for becoming holy,

with the truest sanctity, being, at the same time, fully human with true humanism... "Saint Pedro Poveda, 1915.

There is at the origin of the Teresian vocation a reference to Teresa of Jesus, the "eminently human character of her life that on the other hand belonged all to God" (PP, 1915). The life of the members of the Work should be distinguished by that same human character which is at the same time divine, informed by the life of God. Work, naturalness, tolerance, generosity, justice, joy, solidarity, temperance as well as courage; in short, a set of solid virtues are for Poveda the result of lives full of spirit and love, of meaning and clarity of vision.

"My constant aspiration is to ask our Lord that the life of [the members of the Teresian Association] be supernatural; that it is like that of the first children of the Church; that have may have as a model the way of life of the first Christians. They kept intact the light of Christian doctrine in the pagan world with a spirit of simplicity, of openness in thinking, of disinterest in action, of solicitude towards others -even destroying themselves as salt to cauterize the wounds of others - without ostentation, in silence, except when faith demanded an act of testimony - I believed, therefore I spoke -, accepting even the most painful consequences.1

The spirituality of the Teresian Association focuses on the knowledge and following of Jesus of Nazareth, with the desire of Saint Paul "until Christ is formed in you" (Gal, 4,19).  And Pedro Poveda expressed it so clearly: "The Work is Jesus Christ. He is the inspirer, the support, the life, the model, the theory, the practice, the system, the method, the procedure, the rule, the constitutions, in short, everything." (1917). From here emerges a spirituality and a pedagogy.

The origin of this Work took shape before Our Lady of Covadonga (La Santina). Thus, the presence of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has a unique place in our lives and in the Association as a whole. The Marian traditions that have been lived throughout history and are lived today are many. So much so, that St. Pedro Poveda came to affirm: "I would prefer to see the Work disappear than to see the love for Our Lady decrease among you." (1927)

A vocation for difficult times

 "The Work of apostolate that we intend to carry out must be identical to that of the first Christians and the means those they put into practice, even if we are considered crazy and we attract the hatred of the world over us." Saint Pedro Poveda, 1920

Given our lay character, we live the gift of baptism in fullness and in the open, that is, in the midst of peoples, cultures and times, in accordance with the values of the Gospel, with love. This is our vocation.

The historical context in which "the Good Idea" was developed, as Poveda referred to the Work he founded, was a time of antagonisms and polarizations, of persecution. Thus, the Teresian Association is a work for difficult times. This requires us to cultivate a spirit of temperance and meekness, capacity for dialogue and creativity; to be able to live in the midst of diverse, often adverse realities, in social or cultural frontiers.2

The Christianity that Pedro Poveda presents to us is aware of that profound anddelicate human attitude that “consists more in knowing how to listen than preaching, in giving rather than receiving, in respecting rather than wanting to be respected, in doing rather than giving orders, in loving rather than in seeking, to be loved, in being demanding with ourselves rather than demanding of others. In a word, the time had arrived for what today we understand as a time for dialogue, time for witness, time for one’s own life and of “power”.3

 

1. Pedro Poveda, Creí, por esto hablé, Estudio introductorio 1918-1924.
2. Ibidem. 1936, [511]
3. Mª Dolores Gómez Molleda, Pedro Poveda hombre interior, 2003, p. 53.

  


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