Live Jesus! Communities
A Practical Path to Living the Gospel
St. Francis de Sales
Spreading the Love of Jesus Through Ordinary Acts of Love
Live Jesus! Communities strives to live each day well and to communicate the joy of Jesus by focusing on building healthy relationships and doing ordinary acts of love. We base our deeds on St. Francis de Sales’ practical counsel, which states that each of us should be a good example to others instead of preaching, challenging, and confronting them. St. Francis calls us to do the ordinary, extraordinarily well.
The Live Jesus! Communities Year
In our organization, each year is segmented into three cycles of four months each. The grouping of each segment or unit is as follows:
The communities meet all year round and base their activities on the theme presented at the annual March Live Jesus! Event held in Northern Virginia. For example, in 2017, when the motif was Salesian GPS (Gentleness, Patience, and Simplicity), each member explored this theme by focusing on the mandate to live with these values.
Each cycle begins with a service project. Participants may choose to do the project individually of their community members. Every second and fourth month of each unit, communities gather to pray, study, and share their faith in a member’s house or a public space such as a restaurant or coffee shop. On the other hand, every third month, they participate in a large group gathering such as the annual Live Jesus! Event and the annual November, Salesian retreat.
Begun in 2004, Catholics from the Arlington Diocese and the Washington Archdiocese interested in exploring Salesian Spirituality gathered during Lent for a morning of fellowship, prayer and reflection at a gathering called Live Jesus!. Over the years, attendance has grown and now, nearly 1,000 gather each March for this event.
Salesian Spirituality bears the name of St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622); but it is more than simply the vision of one man who lived in the late 16th/early 17th century. Often called the spirituality of the laity, Salesian spirituality is easily incorporated into daily life.
The secret of the Salesian tradition’s unique contribution to spirituality is it’s a practical, down-to-earth way of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ; it can be lived in the state and stage of life in which you find yourself. St. Francis deSales offered this advice, “Bloom where you are planted.” Stated another way, “Be who you are and be that well.”
As an outgrowth of the annual meeting and in response to participants' desire to learn more about Salesian spirituality, a new ministry was formed in 2013 - Live Jesus! Communities.
What is Salesian Spirituality
“Salesian Spirituality is a way of living the Gospel as learned, lived and shared by St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622) and St. Jane de Chantal (1572 – 1641). Their vision continues today, lived by people of all walks, states, and stages of life.
One cannot hope to adequately plumb the depths of this spirituality in a single page. What follows are some of the more salient features of Salesian spirituality.”
May it help you to become a holy, whole, human person. May it enable you to “Live Jesus,” to allow Jesus to live in you and to love through you.