Diakonia i.e. service and ministry

chlebThe Light-Life Movement offers to its members a possibility of using the charisms they have received for the good of the whole community, by forming diakonias. This Greek word means “service” or ministry.

Fr. Franciszek Blachnicki derived his understanding of diakonia from two sources: the biblical meaning of this term and the thought of the fathers of the Second Vatican Council who understood diakonia as any service in the Church, deriving this idea from the example of Christ who came “to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mk 10:45, see Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Gaudium et Spes no. 1; 3; 5).
Fr. Blachnicki put a stained-glass window depicting Christ’s baptism in Jordan as the model and source for diakonia behind the altar of the Chapel of Christ the Servant in the Light-Life Centre in Krościenko. In this way he developed the idea of Christocentic diakonia, which is the principle of any activity and responsibility in the Church, the central idea of the Movement. Thus diakonia results also from the anointing by the Holy Spirit, from receiving His gifts (charisms), which must be discovered by the faithful in themselves and which are given to build the community of the Church. Such an understanding covers not only all the offices in the Church but also all, even the simplest, services performed in love.
In the Light-Life Movement the term diakonia is used in three meanings:
1. An attitude of service, which is the fullest way of realizing one’s humanity. This is defined by finding oneself through giving oneself, an idea taken from the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Gaudium et Spes: “man… cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” (GS no 24).
2. Any service that members of the Movement undertake.
3. People who take up specific ministries either permanently or for a certain period of time, in order to fulfil specific tasks.
The Immaculate, Mother of the Church, is the model of diakonia understood and realized as a complete submission to Christ. The whole Light-Life Movement is called to serve the Church and the world. Specific ministries called diakonias are the tools that help put this calling into practice.
The best known services of the Movement are the diakonias of prayer, evangelization, liberation, life, liturgy, media, music and charity. However that list can continue to grow.