A SlideShare presentation based on an article by Sr. Gertrude Foley, S.C. looks at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s “spirituality for mission”… a guide for present-day Vincentians to avoid some of the ways that we block our own effectiveness as servants of God.
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On Pentecost, they received the gift of God’s Spirit and they realized they had a mission to accomplish. Pentecost changed them… but not fully. As we have seen in the readings of the Acts of the Apostles they still had a lot to learn about their mission.
On their Facebook page, The Vincentian Mission Corps wrote, Our volunteers just spent a wonderful weekend with Sr. Ann...
Finally we ask, are we persons of desire, swept up and swept away by the call God gives?
Are we able to operate not so much with answers or even programs, as necessary as they may be, but with vision, with hopes and dreams?
Will we stand alone, or will we stand with others, being a part of what is good in them, being more together than ever we could be alone? Our sisters and brothers in the body of Christ touch us, change us, soften us, and call us forward with their love.
Sometimes, maybe even many times, we walk into situations with preconceived notions about what is needed.
”Do we have the courage to go out of our comfort zones and serve?”
Our vision in faith leads to compassion, a compassion that leads inevitably to real and lasting solidarity.
MINISTRY AS A CALL – why do I do what I do?
Fr. Jim Cormack reflects on seven hallmarks of Vincentian service and raises the question “Am I weak enough to serve?”
When we go to visit the poor we should so identify with them that we share their sufferings. We should have the same attitude as the great apostle who said omnibus omnia factus sum, I make myself all to all, so completely that the words of the prophet would not apply...