Fundamental characteristics of the Claretian missionary action in Solidarity and Mission:
è To live the reality of the impoverished in a contemplative and creative way, knowing how to look, listen and respond in a committed way. [A critical look that analyses the causes and consequences. A look that leaves one affected (touched) by the poor. A look that leaves one questioned by the realities of the poor. Active and empathetic listening, that accepts and allows one to be accepted. It generates, with them, creative responses to their needs].
è To accept cordially and accompany individuals, marginalized groups and communities in such a way that they be protagonists in their own process of self-dignity, self-determination and liberation. [That all of our communities be houses for everybody, of welcome, of home, that builds fraternity and inclusion for everybody. Quality accompaniment that helps those with no voice to recover their own words. Ministry of consolation and reconciliation, from resilience and the construction of capabilities. To go out to meet other realities, making them also ours].
è Articulate processes of transformation, taking on a development that respects and promotes the proper culture and identity of the communities and peoples, that enables them to be active subjects of the new society. [Transformation of the individual: recovery of the individual. Transformation of collectives: communities, peoples. Transformation of an unjust economic structure to an economy of solidarity. Transformation that creates social inclusion. Transformation that promotes formation and insertion in work (employment). Transformation that creates CBC (Christian Basic Communities). Transformation of Claretian and Lay agents in the commitment to JPIC and Solidarity].
è Prophetic witness from a love that calls together and mobilizes, with passion and courage, for the Kingdom. [Witness of life in fraternity, simple and austere, and committed to the people and their causes. Witness that takes on risks, denounces injustice, resists threats with bravery. Witness that organizes and promotes the commitment to the cause of the poor].
è To promote and create associations or foundations to do the work of JPIC and Solidarity which, in turn, network with others, without pretending to be protagonists and being able to transfer it to others when appropriate. [Social Movements, political Movements, ecclesial Movements, inter-congregational Movements].
è Political and social involvement. Denouncing and struggle against the system that produces poverty, violence and the destruction of nature. [To favour a more critical and wider vision. To be involved in politics, constructively and critically. Favour active involvement].
è To promote the care and protection of creation. [Care of nature and its harmony: water, land, natural resources, maintaining sustainability, denouncing abusive exploitation. Ecological conversion: to begin a real change in our lifestyle, based on respect for nature and the promotion of life in its integrity. Educate and make aware of the ecological and social problems in the commitment to the care and defence of creation as a gift from God. Open ourselves to the ecological wisdom of our peoples that our mission may be able to reconcile both human beings and nature].
è To foster a culture of peace in sincere dialogue. [Inter-cultural, inter-religious, and ecumenical dialogue. Education for Peace: prevention, mediation and resolution of conflicts, reconciliation. Recovering the right of victims for truth, justice and integral reparation. Promote international humanitarian justice in favour of native / indigenous peoples throughout the world].
MS 1 (Cf. CC 2; Dir 26.)