Rome, October 5, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
May grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ fill our hearts now and forever!
I take this opportunity to address you, the Vincentian Family, with much gratitude for all we have experienced together recently. For us the month of August was filled with many blessings and we are thankful to God, the Virgin Mary and our Vincentian Saints. And, of course, very grateful to you, young people from the different branches of the Vincentian family, sisters and confreres advisers who were involved in the organization of our EJV.
Thanks to everyone, who with the spirit of their prayers, brought life to us, especially in our Eucharistic celebrations. It is at Mass, in particular, where we can reflect on our particular charism. I saw in the bright and joyful faces of young people forming, like a puzzle, the face of San Vincent. We felt proud to be part of such a healthy Vincentian charism, so important for the world and the church today. It was the same, at the Eucharist honoring the Virgin Mary in the Basilica of the Miraculous Medal, as we understood the gift we have received as a Vincentian family, and the call to give this gift to others, especially young people, leading them to Mary, our Mother and sending them as disciples and missionaries.
Thanks for all the creative activities: workshops, catechesis, and shared experiences of Vincentian service. I was happy to see and experience with these young people their joy and hope, their enthusiasm and commitment. It really has been a great experience: encouraging, rewarding and above all one that challenges us to continue on our mission to be good news for the poor.
Thanks for being part of this family, thanks to each branch of the family for sharing their particular gifts so that together we are a transforming force in society that will generate life where most needed.
I invite you to reap the fruits of this meeting, so we can live our Vincentian identity, so necessary in today’s world. May the poor have life through the each branch and country where we live our spirituality. Because we bring with us the Word of God, we bring life in abundance!
God bless you!
Your brother in San Vincent,
G. Gregory Gay, CM
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