“The good that you would do demands much that is painful and repugnant to nature. Self is crossed at every moment …and because of searching for strayed souls self ease suffers much. If sinners have been reconciled to God, it has been only after His grace, because of your self-denial.” [Writings of Father Judge, “Meditations,” p. 136]
It is recommended that each Associate practice a particular virtue to assist in overcoming a particular fault.
Be Good! Do Good! Be a Power for Good! The motto which Father judge gave to the Missionary Cenacle is the framework around which the Cenacle plan has been developed. It is simple and concise – Be good! Do good! Be a power for good! It contains the fundamentals of an effective apostolate, and for over fifty years this simple formula has been producing apostolic men and women for the Church. We see here the fulfillment of Father judge’s words: “You cannot practice these virtues, you cannot give yourself over to these devotions without producing a distinct type in the Church of God; so distinct that if you were among thousands of people you would be picked out, and they would say, he or she is a member of the Cenacle.”
“When I speak of the Cenacle spirit, I speak of the Catholic spirit. If you have been trained for any purpose, or made at all useful, it is that you might show forth that Christlike spirit, charity in good works. Saint Paul puts it this way – he speaks of ‘Faith that worketh by Charity’ (Gal. 5:6). This is a faith that is restless until it finds expression in good works. Now if you have that spirit you are going to communicate it. Why? Because the Holy Ghost wants it communicated. It is His flame, the Pentecostal burning….
“Now the Spirit of God wants to use you. You are His instruments. You are the tools with which He is going to chisel out salvation for many souls. You are to work upon the lives of others. But that you may cooperate with the designs of the Holy Ghost, there must be that intensity of charity in your own hearts….
“It is the Will of Jesus Christ, understand, that this fire should spread, and that it should spread through you. You should thank God for this grace, for this selection. It should give you, certainly, a holy and tremendous joy to know that you have been chosen by the Almighty God; to know that His Holy Spirit is to burn in you for others, and is to be communicated through you to others.
“How is this to be done? You are to inspire others with this Catholic spirit. There is no problem about the extension of the Cenacle. Your only concern is to keep in your heart the Cenacle spirit; to keep in your Cenacle the Cenacle spirit.
“The great problem is this, being right with the Cenacle spirit. What is the Cenacle Spirit? What is Our Lord’s spirit? What is the Apostolic spirit? What is the missionary spirit? What is this ‘Faith that worketh by charity’? That is the Cenacle spirit. It is the Gospel spirit. It is charity – charity aflame. It is the breathing of the Holy Spirit. It is the sweet odor of Jesus Christ. You have been called to live it. This is your vocation. First of all, you are called to reservoir that spirit in your own lives, that your heart may be aflame with it. Then you are to spread it. That is your mission.” (Father judge’s address on the occasion of the Silver jubilee of his priesthood, May, 1924.)