In anticipation of the beatification of Pope John Paul II in May, let us meditate on his words to the Daughters of Charity and all those who live the Vincentian Charism. So the international site of the Daughters of Charity Prayer Corner this months features “John Paul II and the Vincentian Charism” . The service of those who are most deprived draws its strength from the contemplation of Jesus Christ, who often went aside to pray. In this Prayer Corner, at the beginning of each month, a presentation will be offered to help you nourish and deepen your inner life and discover the meaning of Vincentian spirituality. (Editor’s Note: The downloadable presentation is a .exe that is not accessible to non- Microsoft users.)
- “The charism of Monsieur Vincent is ablaze today and, with your whole spiritual family, it is your responsibility to bring it alive right where you are.” (John Paul II to the Daughters of Charity, May 2, 1997).
- “Most Holy Trinity, blessed and the source of all blessedness, bless your sons and daughters whom you have called to praise the greatness of your love, your merciful goodness and your beauty.” (John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, 111).
- “We have the double happiness of being Daughters of the holy Church and will this not be a new obligation for us to live and to act as children of such a Mother?” (St. Louise de Marillac)
See John Paul II’s words to the members of the Congregation of the Mission…
“Dear Fathers and Brothers of the Mission search out more than ever, with boldness, humility and skill, the causes of poverty and encourage short and long term solutions; adaptable and effective concrete solutions. By doing so, you will work for the credibility of the Gospel and of the Church. Without waiting further, however, live close to the poor and see to it that the Good News of Jesus Christ is never lacking to them.”
June 30, 1986