Feast of St. Vincent de Paul

Feast of St. Vincent de Paul

Welcoming the Stranger

 

Hymn:  The Door Is Open or another Vincentian Hymn

(Song for the 400th anniversary: download music and lyrics here: http://famvin.org/en/famvin400/ )

Reading:from St. Vincent to the members of the Congregation of the Mission on 22 August 1655:

Let’s ask God to give the Company this spirit, this heart, this heart that causes us to go everywhere, this heart of the Son of God, the heart of Our Lord… He sends us, like them… to bring this divine fire… everywhere, throughout the world.”

Response:

Leader: Jesus is the one who gives us the strength to dare to overcome our fears to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.

All:  We are called to have a new perspective and to be more open to changes and new horizons.

Leader: A missionary momentum inspired by charity transforms us

All: -We are called to have a new perspective and to be more open to changes and new horizons.

Leader: Glory be to the Father

All: – Jesus is the one who gives us the strength to dare to overcome our fears to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.  We are called to have a new perspective and to be more open to changes and new horizons.

Pause for reflection…

 

Reading:  from St. Vincent to the members of the Congregation of the Mission in January, 1656:

“God loves the poor, consequently, He loves those who love the poor… let’s devote ourselves with renewed love to serve persons who are poor, and even to seek out those who are the poorest and most abandoned; let’s acknowledge before God that they’re our lords and masters and that we’re unworthy of rendering them our little services.”

Leader: Seek new ways of serving creatively,

All: -Going out to the peripheries, to difficult areas.

Leader :Dare to go out of ourselves and our comfort zones and or middle class mentalities

All: -Going out to the peripheries, to difficult areas.

Leader: Glory be to the Father…: Seek new ways of serving creatively. 

All: -Going out to the peripheries, to difficult areas.

Pause for reflection…

 

Reading:  from St. Vincent to the Daughters of Charity on July 31, 1634:

“You have to be ready to go wherever you are told  to go…saying: I belong neither here nor there but wherever God wants me to be.”

Response:

Leader: We are convinced of the necessity to draw constantly from the gospel,

All: A close relationship with Christ that transforms us day after day.

Leader: Let us dare still more to develop

All: -A close relationship with Christ that transforms us day after day.

Leader: Glory be to the Father…

All: -We are convinced of the necessity to draw constantly from the gospel, a close relationship with Christ that transforms us day after day.

 

We listen to words of the Holy Father from “The Joy of the Gospel”:

Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the priests and laity of Buenos Aires: I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and which then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: “Give them something to eat”

Consider: How has God been present in your listening during these reflections? What has been stirred up in you? What resolutions might this call forth in you? Share with those around you.

Closing prayer:  Christ, full of mercy, your love embraces everyone. May our eyes always see those who are poor, lonely or unwelcomed as your sons and daughters, totally loved and cherished by you. Continue to gift us with the charism that burned in the life and works of St. Vincent de Paul.  Hear us for the well-being of those whom we serve!