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The M.I. has just experienced the celebrations of the Centenary of its foundation. The gatherings in Rome were truly significant, full of insights for the growth of our Association. As you know, an international commission of members of the M.I. worked during the Centenary celebrations on planning for the future of the M.I., setting guidelines for its next steps. I joyfully present you with a document that I have written based upon the suggestions of our dear M.I. sisters and brothers who offered their own contributions regarding a “read” of this moment in our movement’s history, which lead to indications for shaping its future. This is the background of this present document, which can correctly be defined as a planning document. I happily offer it for consideration by the worldwide M.I. in order that our path forward might be one of even greater energy and conviction after the commemoration of our Centenary.
1. The Charism of the M.I.Today
The goal of the Militia of Mary Immaculate is the conversion and sanctification of every person by means of the intercession of Mary Immaculate and the faithful and creative commitment of M.I. members. Conversion must begin with work on ourselves, because we first need to change our own modes of thinking. It requires faithfulness to the Kolbean charism, a dynamic faithfulness which reflects contemporary reality, and not merely copies the past. In our own conversion we look to Mary, our model of continuing spiritual growth, in our liberating of self from a worldly spirit and in nurturing humility and a sense of service. Every M.I. member is called to become a gift for every brother or sister, knowing that Jesus has given us the great gift of Mary! With her in our hearts, we are charitable toward every sister and brother.