Vincentians can be the storytellers to policy makers and others who may never “see” poverty in all of its forms.
We, as members of the Vincentian Family, have a great social responsibility. We have first-hand experience of the problems that afflict thousands of poor families.
If we are not charitable (generous) in the manner that we act, then we will fall into the simple routine of philanthropy and/or providing material assistance … and nothing more.
These harsh realities sadden the hearts of the members of the Society and the Vincentian Family. We cannot, however, lose hope that the situation will improve.
As members of the Vincentian Family we need to savor the inexhaustible well-spring of virtue and the examples of holiness of our predecessors.
Groups, like ours, that have existed for hundreds of years, have certain “family” characteristics, some of which are intuitive.