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St. John Gabriel Perboyre – What shaped him?

by | Sep 10, 2012 | Congregation of the Mission, Spirituality and Spiritual Practice, Vincentian Family

What went on inside this genuinely holy man? How did he see God? How did he look at his mission? What was his attitude toward those around him? What shape did his prayer-life take? Fr. Robert Maloney, CM offers food for thought on his feast Sept. 11, the anniversary of “9/11.”

A life in outline

Vincentian Encyclopedia article

Four themes in his spirituality Robert P. Maloney, CM

The purpose of this article is modest. It asks: What went on inside this genuinely holy man? How did he see God? How did he look at his mission? What was his attitude toward those around him? What shape did his prayer-life take? The article probes his letters in an attempt to formulate a response, just as many have probed the events of his life and death in order to understand him more fully.

I. Devotion to providence “I love the mystery of Providence very much.”

II. His love for the mission “How happy I am for such a wonderful vocation.”

III. Love for the community “I would give a thousand lives for it.”

IV. Devotion to the blessed virgin mary “The whole world is filled with the mercy of Mary.”

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