Rooted in the tradition of “One Heart, One Soul,” CICM leadership can be described essentially as one of inner strength (interiority) and greatness of the soul (magnanimity). The strength that empowers the CICM leadership comes from participating in the source of the mission itself: Dei missio, while the grace that sustains the CICM leadership derives from unconditional service to others.
The heart as a symbol of the inner being of the human person expresses capacity for truth, goodness, and beauty. Th. Verbist rightly animates his missionaries to take courage in the face of tribulations and persecutions, since they have a good and beautiful mission. Accordingly, the life-giving force that “ensouls” the universe truly inspires a meaningful life when dveloped in the care of God’s people and creation.
Thus, with a wholehearted and animated disposition, CICM missionaries continue to serve God’s people with a brand of leadership that strengthens and gives hope to the world for the coming of God’s reign.
Jeffrey M. Centeno, PhD., is the Director of Planning, Quality, Assurance, and Communications Office of Saint Louis University, Baguio City