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Comparison with Vinzenz Pallotti’s Idea of an Organization

Programmitc Letter of 22 May 1916

A Sodalist’s essential task is to be apostolically active. In order to find a form for it that awakens the imagination and strongly motivates the will to action, we set up a programme last year. It is: A movement for the moral and religious renewal of Germany has to go out from our Sodality chapel after the example of Ingolstadt. The work of self-sanctification took and still takes the form of ‘contributions to the MTA’s capital of grace’ for the above purpose. …

If this spirit is preserved in our Sodalists, and if they continue to work in the same direction as priests, we will have achieved our high-sounding goal.

Yet now my plans reach further: Vallendar must really become a second Ingolstadt ...

Vallendar must remain the focal point – by this I mean our chapel with the MTA. People change, the chapel remains. You will be well advised to cultivate love for our shrine in yourself and others. Even if only for the sake of a permanent centralization. Of course, a great task grows in its turn from this: in keeping with the development of our gem. ...

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