Beatitudes for Vincentian leaders! Take your pick… Vincent de Paul Society or Advisors to Vincentian Marian Youth
1. Beatitudes of a Vincentian Servant Leader (SVDP)
O God, give us the blessing and grace to be Vincentian Servant Leader:
Blessed are the leaders who have not sought the high places, but who have been drafted into service because of their ability and willingness to serve.
Blessed are the leaders who know where they are going, why they are going, and how to get there.
Blessed are the leaders who know no discouragement, who present no alibi.
Blessed are the leaders who know how to lead without being dictatorial, because true leaders are humble.
Blessed are the leaders who seek the best for those they serve.
Blessed are the leaders who develop new leaders.
Blessed are the leaders who march with the group, interpreting correctly the signs on the pathway that leads to success.
Blessed are the leaders who have their head in the clouds but their feet on the ground.
Blessed are the leaders who consider leadership an opportunity for service.
For this we pray. Amen
(I can not put my finger on the source for the moment)
2. Beatitudes for Advisors (Vincentian Marian Youth)
Participants at the International Meeting of Advisors for the Vincentian Marian Youth (Paris, 2014) composed the following adaptation of the Beatitudes…
1. Blessed are the companions, who know how to be silent in order to listen to the Word of God, they shall enable that Word to resound in the hearts of young men and women.
2. Blessed are the companions who know how to listen patiently, they will instill confidence in others and will know the joy of seeing those other individuals grow.
3. Blessed are the companions who are not scandalized by the personal experience of the young, they will discover God present in their life.
4. Blessed are the companions who know how to love unconditionally, they will reflect the love of God.
5. Blessed are the companions who do not compromise their values, their life of integrity will open the young people to the radicalness of the gospel.
6. Blessed are those companions who transform discouragement into hope, those wounds and hurts will lead to the creation of a better world.
7. Blessed are those companions who are creative and passionate, they will discover new ways to evangelize the youth of today.
8. Blessed are those companions who recognize that their work is God’s work, they will know how to walk beside young people and allow them to be free.
Source VMY Newletter October 2014
PS Thirty years ago, on March 27, 1977, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla attended a Pier Giorgio Frassati exhibit in Krakow, Poland. It was then — before he was even beatified — that (the future Pope and Saint) called him the “Man of the Eight Beatitudes.”
He encouraged others to enjoy the exhibit with these words: “Go and look at these photographs. Behold the man of the eight beatitudes who bears in himself the grace of the Gospel, the Good News, the joy of salvation offered to us by Christ…”