Vincentians Learn from Scripture

by | Sep 18, 2017 | Formation, Reflections, Society of St. Vincent de Paul


Vincentians Learn from Scripture  Vincentians are Loving Servants  Vincentians Show Others the Way

Vincentian Learn from Scripture

“Oh! How beautiful and consoling. It is not easy, but if we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It will be a demanding life, but full of joy.” –Pope Francis. Sometimes we need these quotes to keep us faithful.  We don’t know everything and it is time to listen to those around us.  Sometimes we see things we know are good and we dismiss them.  We truly do learn from each other and of course the saints.  We are called to be Saints and so we remember the Saints are the sinners who keep on trying and they are rewarded by God for the good they do.  In the Gospel of John 1: 19 – 28 John the Baptist shows himself as “the voice of one crying out in the desert. It seems the great heroes of the Biblical relation have to spend time in the desert.- Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, Paul and even Jesus spent 40 days and nights in the desert before starting his ministry.

Vincentians are Loving Servants

They know there is so much to learn. Knowing our Lord helps and of course talking to him.  He is always present in our work.  This makes the job so much easier.  Vincentians treat those in need with respect and love.  This is sometimes a hard lesson to learn.  When you are truly helping someone and lifting them from poverty you do not call them lazy bums or they are slacking off.  I also try to see Jesus in all who need support and love.  He called us to feed His Lambs and tend to his sheep.  We should thank Him each day for blessing us with such wonderful people.  We are proud to be His servant.  He taught us and now we teach others who are new to the Society.  We must be loving servants.  It is what we are called to do.  We are the servant of our Lord and we always know we are doing His work.

Vincentians Show Others the Way

We come together and attend trainings and Conferences.  We learn about Collaboration and Social Justice.  We then pass it on to our Vincentian Family at home.  We learn by going to Famvin on the internet and to the Canadian National Training information.  We learn from these sessions and we are better for it.  We can network in new ways and learn much.  We truly become a family when we learn together.  We have a youth group in our Conference and they do amazing things and sometimes we work together. The Youth today will be us tomorrow.  They have the love and compassion for all in need.  They gather together at camps and go to world youth day events.  They are showing the way to others. We started out with a handful and now they are all over the city.  They are also giving workshops to other youth.  This is one of the best things.  They are a very spiritual group. One young man asked me to teach him how to pray.  I told him it was like talking to God.  Then I gave him a prayer to reflect on. This is the simple prayer I gave to him.  “Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.”  Vincentians are humble and need to know how to live in humility.  This is a prayer from Famvin which I like to say: “Mary, you are always ready to obtain the graces I need, if I but ask for them. Keep me faithful to my commitments and teach me how to live a humble, simple life.  I pray you are showing others the way and assigning Mentors to new Vincentians.