The spirituality of the ‘Maitri’ Movement
The spirituality of the ‘Maitri’ Movement is focused on the suffering Jesus. His tormented body was hung on the cross when Jesus gave his life for each of us. Today He gives us the same body as food in each Holy Mass. The suffering and dying Jesus has also embodied in the poorest whom the Movement members want to serve. His suffering did not end with his death.
Mother Teresa, while receiving the Nobel Prize, said among others. ‘Today there is so much suffering – and I feel that the passion of Christ is being relived all over again’. Do you agree with this? Jesus loved us till the end of His life. But we can show Him our love too. What we would like to have done for Him when He suffered on the cross, we can do today for our suffering brothers. Jesus called from the cross ‘I am thirsty’. Now we can satisfy His thirst. Not only of a drink but mainly of our love – by showing love to our suffering brothers. In this way, Jesus gives us today an opportunity and calls us to receive Him into our hearts and respond with deeds to His gift of Himself. Responding to this call, following Mary, we can accompany Jesus to His cross. Gathering around the cross, close to the suffering Jesus, we can become more and more united with our brothers. Thus, we realise His testament expressed when he prayed to His father, one day before His death: ‘ that they may be one’ (see: John 17: 11,21,22).
Principles of life of ‘Maitri’ Movement members
‘Maitri’ members are guided in their life by the Movement’s principles. Keeping in mind that the Gospel read out according to the teaching of the Church is the basic norm of faith and life. We believe that the ‘Maitri’ Movement is developed and revived by those who:
- limit their expenses and needs in everyday life and share with those living in very poor economic conditions of the developing world;
- respect the dignity of those they help and look for the ways of getting closer to them;
- define the help they offer as a gift of a pure heart;
- promote equality;
- increase awareness of the situation that people of Third World are in, through their actions, statements and the attitude towards life.