Call to Evangelize – Celebration of the Vincentian Charism 400th Anniversary

400logo thmb[Province of Madrid Saint Louise] In Logroño we began the Celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Vincentian Charisma with a beautiful celebration.

The Daughters of Charity of Santa Luisa and Economic Kitchen Houses, the members of the Conferences of Saint Vincent de Paul and the Miraculous Medal Association joyfully met for this Vincentian celebration. The Eucharist, celebrated by the Chaplain of the Association and concelebrated by the Chaplain of Santa Luisa house, has united all the participants in a desire of renovation, each one in their place of mission and to be useful evangelizers serving our brothers and sisters excluded in our society. The homily remembered that our charism is not a question of time, age, of health…, no, it is a question of devotion and a deep desire that our attention and care goes to all our brothers and sisters, in the style of Jesus and Saint Vincent. Each one of us should renew this desire not in words, but by practicing what we have in our hearts today. The forms will be different, but in the light of the gospel if we keep our lamps lit, we will arrive to those who are poor.

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Saint Vincent did not accomplish his works alone; he always went with our Mother, Our Lady, who joined with him to evangelize the poorest. We all have participated in the preparations for this day; being together makes us feel stronger. The celebrant remembered that we will have other encounters but in the meantime, as Jesus sent Saint Paul to preach the gospel and Saint Vincent to preach and serve the poor, we are also sent to fulfil our mission living the charism that we have received. We are going to remember this very specially this year.

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