An image each Vincentian should consider! It is a simple image of people imperiled by a river flooding out of control. Read on to learn how a Franciscan uses that image to explore various approaches to saving people.
When St. Vincent asked “What must be done?” he looked beyond what was always done. Is there a better way of doing what we have always done?
On the anniversary of the establishment of the Confraternities of Charity, I am struck by a still under the radar phenomenon springing up among Vincentian laity in various professions.
St. Louise de Marillac was a pioneer social worker, educator, and advocate. Her projects were implemented according to surprisingly modern standards of care and were the basis for other developments in their respective fields.
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.
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 Marie and the Daughters of Charity in Evansville reflecting on community and friendship. Our volunteers get to enjoy a weekend at the guest house...
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?”