Since 1856, Niagara University has been living the Vincentian tradition in upstate New York (USA). They continue to research and study this tradition.
The new Youth Task Force of the Vincentian Family identified four key components of their mission, around which they began to create a shared language: direct service/relationship with those living in poverty; inspired by and appreciative of the love of God; universally inclusive; and charity and justice.
This year, continuing their Just Art program and noting that 40% of people experiencing homelessness in Victoria are under 25 years of age, “Vinnies Victoria” is putting the spotlight on youth poverty.
So what does this mean for us in our daily lives? Where can we have compassion outside of our circles in order to build community? Are we really in tune with the needs of our community members?
In Mark 10, when Jesus asks a blind man what he wants Jesus to do for him, the man responds, “Rabbi, I want to see.” In these Lenten days, I believe that we, too, are invited to ask Jesus for the same grace.