Go To Folleville • A Video From Fr. Tomaz Mavrič

by | Mar 23, 2017 | Formation, Reflections

In this third series of three videos, Fr. Tomaz Mavrič, C.M. invites us to continue deepening in the meaning of the Vincentian charism, of which we celebrate its 400th anniversary during this year 2017.

Let us recall that two series have already been published:

These new videos were filmed on January 2, in Folleville.  We wanted to communicate the feelings that Vincent experienced in January 1617 when he traveled to Gannes.  Vincent was alone when he arrived at the de Gondi estate; no one was waiting for him.  Today, that is different … today there is a community of brothers and sisters there.  Folleville is much larger and today Saint Vincent is waiting for us!!

Fr. Tomaz Mavrič, CM tells us:

It was to follow the corners, the roads that Vincent did take 400 years ago. It was to get to the village of Folleville, to touch the soil, to feel the grass, to see the animals, even to meet a horse, like Vincent did.

It was to experience the snow, the cold, and the sun, as well, all leading towards the village and, very far away, the church. The church that, in fact, was the place Vincent wanted to get. It was the experience in the church in Folleville that started to change his life, his inside, his heart. It was a call that he experienced. It was a moment of grace. It was a moment of the work of the Holy Spirit and, from that time on, his life never was the same again.

Video link in other languages:

Questions for dialogue:

After watching this video together, we can discuss with these suggestions:

  1. What moments may we recall in our lives that, like the events in Folleville for St. Vincent, were decisive for our growth as Christians?
  2. Where do we Vincentians discover more easily the will of God for our lives?
  3. What do we believe can be the call of God, today, to the members of the Vincentian Family?

General presentation of this video series

For us, 2017 is the anniversary year of the charism. Unlike other founders, Vincent de Paul did not have visions or receive messages from on high.  At two key moments in his life the Holy Spirit surprised Vincent and made him question himself with regard to two different forms of poverty: people are dying of hunger and… people are condemned because they do not know the truths necessary for salvation.  Thus, there was a hunger for the Word and a hunger for food … both of which result in a twofold death: death of the body and death of the soul.  After the failures that occurred during the first decade of his priestly ministry (failures that were revealed in the letter that he wrote to his mother and spoke about an honorable retirement which would allow him to spend the rest of his life with her [cf. CCD:I:15-16]), Vincent began to discover a new meaning in his life as a result of his charitable activity on behalf of the poor.  Folleville and Châtillon were the crossroads where Vincent encountered God.  After those events, Vincent became involved in a mission that gave meaning and direction to his life … and, as members of the Vincentian Family, gives meaning to our lives.

At the beginning of this Holy Year, this Charismatic Year … or perhaps it is better to say at the beginning of this Jubilee Year, Father Tomaž Mavrič, CM, superior general, mindful of the suggestion of an individual confrere (namely, Father Luiggi Mezzadri), decided to continue to communicate with all the members of the Vincentian Family through short video messages that are easily accessible in the various social media. He began with some reflections on Vincent’s cape, hat and shoes which from the time of the French Revolution have been preserved in the Mission House in Turin (Italy). And he now continues with this new series of three videos, inviting us to deepen in the Vincentian charism:

  • The globalization of charity
  • Vocation
  • Moving out toward the peripheries

Initially these messages will be available in eight languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Slovenian and Slovak … we also want to make these messages available in other languages and dialects.

This work has been entrusted to Piotr Dziubak, a film-maker who has produced various important documentaries, for example, De Gasperi-mio padre; Santo subito.  Alle perferie del mondo con Giovanni Paolo II; Liszt; Das Fenster zur Welt – 50 Jahre Zweites Vatikanisches Konzil.

Video courtesy of CMglobal YouTube Channel, based on an idea by Fr. Luigi Mezzadri, CM, and directed by Piotr Dziubak.