Father Gabriel, the author, says“In order not to be unfaithful to the grace of the Apostolate, three cautions are particularly necessary.”
- Take “jealous care for humility” We need to remember that Lucifer fell through the sin of Pride if an Angel with superior intellect and power fell through Pride then we could as well. Apostolates are failing constantly because of the sin of pride. Work hard to guard humility especially if you are a leader. So many organizations become extensions of one person. Take care not to become a “Character”.
- “Keep constant vigilance to maintain intimate contact with God”. Remember the first duty of any mature Christian is to have an intimate relationship with God. Your apostolate is not your relationship with God. It flows from your relationship.
- “Persevere in perfect detachment from one’s own will and judgment” If you are called to authentic apostolate then it is not your own. It is God’s and we must strive for God’s will and judgment and not your own. It is common for us to assume that if we are doing something good that we are in God’s will. This is a terrible assumption and will result in an unfruitful apostolate if we are looking at it honestly. Each day give the apostolate and all decisions to be made for it to God ask for His will each and every day. To help with this I have learned a special prayer from my friends at Lift Ministries in Boston. It’s just a simple phrase, “Wreck our plans Lord.” This is a simple way of saying if our judgments and plans are not of you then tear them down and replace with yours. There is power in that prayer and it has become a great blessing in my life.