Religious life, just like the Church, does not live for itself, but is a Messenger of God to humanity loved by Him, as a sign of his presence and his caring and provident love
The Franciscan Hospitaller Mission is Samaritan, because it reveals the mercy of God, present in the life and mission of Jesus and presented by Him in the parable of the Good Samaritan:
A man was once on his way down from Jersusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of bandits; they stripped him, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan traveller who came on him was moved with compassion when he saw him. He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him onto his own mount and took him to na inn and looked after him. The next da, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper and said "Look after him, and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you (Lk 10: 29-37).
Afte relating this most beautiful parable, Jesus recommends to us, as at that moment he recommended to the doctor of the law: "Go, and you do likewise."
Attending to this mandate of Jesus, by our life and mission we will proclaim a God, good, full of tenderness and mercy towards his children, especially the more needy, the abandoned, the destitute, marginalized and without help, the crucified of all the times.
In the following of the Lord Jesus, our foundress, Sr. Maria Clara, describes our mission in these terms: As Hospitaller Sisters, it is our mission to help those who suffer, with self-sacrifice; and when we cannot do it, we experience indescribable pain!
And the founder, Fr. Raimundo Beirao, in his sixth circular, confirms the mission pointed out by Sr. Maria Clara to our first Sisters, as a divine revelation:
The Lord came to our Hospitaller family and said to the Superior: I chose you daughters for this purpose: Come, in my name, among the poor, to explain to them my holy law and how it is to be exercised, not only to render praise to me, but also to know how they should live in this world.
To live the franciscan hospitaller mission today, is, before anything else, to look at each person as a brother, a sister, guest to love and to receive, to care for, to warm. Our world suffers many pains, is covered with innumerable wounds: individualism, isolation, uncontrollable struggle for power and accumulation of wealth, devaluation of the human person, uprooting, exclusion, meaninglessness; the logic of utilitarianism in social relationships; the logic of profit, in the institutional relationships.
Hospitality as mission is prophecy of another possible world, by the gestures and practices that inspire and which could be an evangelical answer to the wishes and the thirst of humanity: respect, proximity, welcome acceptance, listening, care, consolation, valuation of life in all the situations and circumstances, inclusion of all in the same embrace of merciful hospitality.