The charism of Couples for Christ is the active living out of three verses pertaining to Love, Life and Family understood in the context of yet another verse:
1 John 4:7 – “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God.”
John 10:10 – “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Joshua 24:15 – “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
The love of Christ impels us! Because He first loves us, because He calls us His beloved, we are called to love all peoples.
It is the love of Christ that drives to offer the Christian Life Seminars. Through the daily living out of the truths of the Christian Life Seminar we have experienced the fullness of life offered to us by Jesus. Our missionary zeal and our longing for Communion moves our families to respond to His Great Love in loving service!
The living out of our charism is our response to the injunction of Jesus in Matthew 6:33,
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be given to you as well
We in COUPLES FOR CHRIST believe that for us the call to love one another is a call to be a missionary community. We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ has called us through the process of evangelization to be a holy people, to live out our Christian experience in fraternal communion with one another in Christian community. Our Community is a Gift of God given to us that we may live in Communion with Him and with our brothers and sisters.
Christian Community Life does not have its origins in the plans and dreams of human beings. It is not merely a collection of Christians in search of personal perfection! God created us, men and women, in his own image and likeness and brought us together in sacred matrimony. In the family, God reveals his own communitarian life and calls all couples and their children to enter into a deep and intimate communion with Him and with one another, thus creating community. This Christian Community is an expression of the Kingdom and an icon of the Trinity.
Our highest calling is to enter into communion with God and with our brothers and sisters through a Spiritual Communion of Hearts by which members are bound to one another in their personal and community prayer, their individual and common seeking direction for the community’s life and mission, and personal and communitarian intercession for this life and mission.
This Spiritual Communion of Hearts bears fruit in a Communion of Relationships where members learn and commit themselves to listen to one another, to understand each other, to care for and to believe in one another; to respect one another; to carry one another’s burdens; to engage in sacrificial loving and to be accountable to one another
The Community of Couples for Christ India is the new and specific way that Jesus invites each one of us to live out the single communion that is expressed in a variety of communities and ministries. The Community of Couples for Christ India is the specific way that we are invited to become one visible manifestation of the communion which is the foundation of the Church. The Community of Couples for Christ India is also a prophecy of the Kingdom that will be claimed by Christ when He returns. As members of this community we are witnesses and architects of the divine plan for unity spoken about by Paul in Ephesians (1:9-10)
Our Community is the Place where we both are and become brothers and sisters by the giving of our very self as a response to the giving of God to us. Having received the gift of community from God, we now have a duty to become brothers and sisters – to be what we already are in Jesus!
We are a missionary community. COUPLES FOR CHRIST INDIA exists to evangelize. In the words of our founder, “evangelization is about bringing people, all people, into a deeper relationship with God and making them disciples of Jesus Christ.”[i] Every member of COUPLES FOR CHRIST INDIA is to participate, according to his or her specific gift, in the work of evangelization and is to live an evangelistic lifestyle. COUPLES FOR CHRIST INDIA is committed to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news of Love, Life and Family, to the ends of the earth, and in this regard seeks to train its members to serve as missionaries wherever they are sent. Evangelization is our call, our duty and our privilege.[ii]
We are a community of disciples, disciples of Jesus. Jesus went about his mission of saving humanity by making disciples of each person and thus inviting them to a special covenant relationship with him and with all other disciples. This is the crux of our mission. But before we can make disciples we must become disciples. “Jesus calls us to discipleship.”[iii]
Discipleship is intimately connected to the call to holiness, the call to be set apart for God and for his service. Through the process of discipleship we strive to become like Jesus, holy as He is holy.
Discipleship is about denial of self. We disown self-interest or our own importance[iv] so that we can centre our lives of Christ. It is about placing our time, our talents and our treasure at the service of Jesus Christ (cf. Luke 14:33). Discipleship is about becoming like Jesus by learning from the master. Discipleship is about living our lives in the light (cf. 1 John 1:7)
We can only make disciples of others when they place themselves under our care because they recognize Jesus in us and seek our help to become like Jesus. To make disciples is to help our brothers and sisters because we love them. To make disciples is to say to them with Paul, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). It is a readiness to work with people to help them become like Jesus.
We are a charismatic community. Our community is a gift of God, a charism! It is Holy Spirit who pours the love of God into our hearts that draws us to respond to love God and one another by living in fraternal communion and thus reflect the Trinity, the Kingdom of God and the Church. Drawn from the very depths of God, our community is a mystery that we will never fully understand. It is a mystery that we are called to live and enjoy.
We are a community called to renew the family and defend life. We do this by proclaiming by the lives and by our words the Good News of Love, Life and Family teaching them to live in communion with God, the members of their own family and other covenanted families, and thus make present, though not fully present, in this time and age, an expression of the Kingdom of God, the Christian Community of Couples for Christ India. This Kingdom God will bring to a complete realization in the fullness of time as the Church faithfully continue her mission of discipling the nations.
The daily living the Christian Life in all its fullness according to the prescription of the Christian Life Seminar and the Core Values is the specific way of life given to us in the community of Couples for Christ India.