This week in Paris the International Advisors to Vincentian Youth begin their journey of exploration into their role and respond to the call of members to “Walk with us as we deepen our faith”.
Father Irving Gabriel Amaro Ramayo, CM inspired the group with his homily.
“I am pleased to be able to celebrate this Eucharist, this act of thanksgiving in this chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Meal, the place that gave birth to our journey and the place where thousands of young men and women have focused their eyes because of the significance of Mary’s presence in their life. The presence of Mary in the life of the young people in many parts of world, young men and women who are members of the VMY or some other Marian Association that collaborates in the accomplishment of God’s plan … this presence of Mary instills in these young people a feeling of trust and confidence that a better world is possible.
We thank God for allowing us to gather together and we are also grateful for the presence of God in each and every one of you, for your response to the invitation to be here in Paris … and we are also grateful for all those persons who have made this meeting possible.
We are united by a common task: to accompany the young men and women and the advisors of the various countries who live in the midst of distinct realities, men and women of different ages, men and women with dreams and hopes … we accompany these persons so that they might find the path of joy and happiness as they minister on behalf of the less fortunate members of society and thus collaborate with the plan of love that has been entrusted to them. During these days we have the opportunity to share our life and our experiences in ministry and our concerns. Our faith in Jesus Christ invites us to be with “the lowliest”, the most vulnerable, those who can so easily be excluded from participation in society, not because of their ideas of concerns, but because that is how the world tends to act … and yes, there is a tendency to exclude young men and women.”