Life and Spirituality of Félix de Jesús Rougier

Risking the Future
Life and Spirituality of the
Venerable Félix de Jesús Rougier, M.Sp.S
by Ricardo Zimbrón L., M.Sp.S.



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The Congregation of the missionaries of the Holy Spirit was founded by Father Félix de Jesús Rougier. He recruited the first members. 

We will therefore begin by presenting Father Félix as he really was: a human being with limitations and failings. He was, however, a man who single-mindedly pursued his lifetime goal TO DO THE WILL OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER. 

He did not grow angel's wings and soar over the rest of mankind. Rather, he pursued his ideal amid internal and external strife, in the darkness of a Faith put to the test, hoping against all hope, suffering from the misunderstandings of many of his brethren. At the same time, he earned the love of many by his gentleness and kindness. 

His life was not characterized by extraordinary deeds, nor did he enjoy the privileges experienced by the mystics in prayer. He was "a very normal saint", that is to say, a model within the reach of everyone. Although the clay from which we were made weighs us down, we can all do the will of the Heavenly Father. And holiness is only this, nothing more. 

We will also review the spirituality of Father Félix. It was simple and unifying: to follow Christ, Priest of the Heavenly Father, who offered Himself for the salvation of all. This spirituality is at the core of the Gospel. The concrete way in which Father Félix lived it constitutes an excellent model for all and a perfect one for the missionaries of the Holy Spirit.

From the historical records, we will trace the roots of the missionaries of the Holy Spirit, their function in the Church, and the meaning of their consecrated life. Finally, we will present a summary of the rules which govern their life from the beginning of their formation.

This book was written for those who are interested in joining our Congregation, our friends and benefactors, our novices and religious and all those who wish to gain a better understanding of the Congregation of the missionaries of the Holy Spirit.


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