The following presentation, based on an article by Sr. Gertrude Foley, S.C., looks at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s “spirituality for mission” as an inspiration for present-day Vincentians to avoid some of the ways that we block our own effectiveness as servants of God.
Sr. Foley writes:
To organize our approach to this topic of a spirituality for mission, then, I pose a question that comes from our times but which might well offer us insight into Elizabeth also. Keeping our definition of mission as “entering on an existence which becomes a channel for God’s self-spending, infinite love,” we might ask what it is that blocks us from entering such an existence. I will use this framework of “obstacles” or “blocks” as a way of organizing our search into Elizabeth’s “spirituality for mission.”