Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix
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Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix
On September 8, 1990, at Loreto, Fr. Stefano M. Manelli, Founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, felt inspired to found a public lay Association - The Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix (MIM) - which would live the charism of the Institute in conformity to their state of life and according to different levels of consecration to the Immaculate (Missionaries of the Immaculate with the Act of Consecration, Missionaries of the Immaculate with a private Marian vow, and Franciscan Tertiaries of the Immaculate). This Association was then canonically approved on January 1, 1991, by the then Archbishop of Benevento; followed by a decree by the then Archbishop Mons. SerafinoSprovieri on May 24, 1997, and finally officially recognized in the decree of pontifical erection of the Institute of Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate on January 1, 1998 and November 11, 1998 for the sisters. The M.I.M. has a legislative text called “Marian Seraphic Pathway.” Its members get together in Cenacles, located near the Marian Houses of the F.I. or at least guided by some of its members.
The main goal of the M.I.M. is the realization of the salvific plan of God, seeking the conversion and sanctification of all souls, through the “Maternal mediation” of the Immaculate, for the greater glory of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Essentially, therefore, our goal is that of the “Universal Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix.”
Every “Missionary of the Immaculate” works:
a.) To increase the cult and devotion towards the Immaculate Mediatrix, using all licitly possible means, including the mass-media: i.e. the press, radio, television, internet, etc.
b.) To sustain and boost the missions, Ad Gentes, especially where the struggle for the salvation of souls is more intense, for the edification of the Body of Christ.
c.) To interest oneself, and even promote at every level, studies on the Mysteries of Mary.
The characteristic elements of the M.I.M. spirituality are its missionary and Marian spirit.
The particular Marian element of the M.I.M. is expressed by their total consecration to the Immaculate, offering oneself as her “possession and property”, according to the teaching of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe.
The missionary spirit of the M.I.M., on the other hand, is cultivated by their daily endeavor of a greater knowledge and love, of imitation and cult towards the Immaculate Mediatrix, by means of prayer and meditation, personal and communal studies on the Mysteries of Mary; so that the whole being and action of the consecrated reflects the Immaculate in Her being, “full of grace”, and in Her action, “Universal Mediatrix of grace” for the salvation of humanity.
All this is realized by means of:
One’s personal testimony of exemplary Christian life;
intense and fervent prayer;
in illuminating and edifying conversations;
the apostolic spirit, nourished by spirit of sacrifice .
The missionary spirit is expressed by means of their apostolic zeal, pushing them even to heroic sacrifice for the salvation of neighbor.
Each member is also called to develop and sustain, materially and spiritually, the missions, Ad Gentes, of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, present throughout the world.
Assiduously offering fervent prayers for the missions and its missionaries, doing one’s best to promote and to bring the awareness to others about its precious reality.
Finally, this missionary spirit implies evangelization even in the different spheres of social life:
In the family, schools, literature, sports, theaters, cinemas, politics, science, tourism, etc.
There are different levels of commitment inside the M.I.M., they are:
1. Simple Consecration
2. Marian Vow
3. T.O.F.I. (The Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate)
The movement is organized in "cenacles” made up of priests and laity which share in the spirituality of the Institute of FI living in their proper state of life in the world making the unlimited consecration to the Immaculate, or the Marian Vow privately, or professing pubblicly the same vow togheter with the form of life according to the Marian Serafic Path as Franciscan Tertiaries of the Immaculate
The members of the M.I.M. wear around their neck, or pinned on their chest, the Miraculous Medal.
The members of T.O.F.I. wear, during official encounters and liturgical functions, a grey-sky blue scapular with a capuche, and a Tau with the Miraculous Medal on their chest, cinctured with a cord(without knots for the novices) and the Rosary (the Franciscan Crown).