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The Vincentian Missionary Spirit by Superior General Fr. G. Gregory Gay, CM

The Vincentian Missionary Spirit by Superior General Fr. G. Gregory Gay, CM

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  • 1. “The  secret  for  eternal  youth   is   in   having   an   ideal   to   achieve.”   El   secreto   de   la   eterna   juventud   es   tener   un   ideal  para  dedicarse"     Hélder   Cámara,   deceased   Brasilian   bishop,   who   was   committed   to   the   poor   and   affiliated  with  our  Vincenian  Family.    
  • 2. Today’s   catholic   church   invites   us   to   renovate   our   faith   and   to   proclaim  it  with  enthusiasm.     Like   the   Samaritan   woman,   today’s   people   can  feel  the  necessity  to  come  near  the  well   to   hear   Jesus,   who   invites   all   to   believe   in   Him   and   to   receive   the   living   water   that   overflows  from  His  being.  (cf.  Jn  4,  14).”     “You  are  the  salt  of  the  earth,  but  if  it  loses   its  taste,  with  what  can  it  be  seasoned?  You   are  the  light  of  the  world.  (cf.  Mt  5,  13-­‐16).   “That  is  why  it’s  also  necessary  today  for  us   as  church  to  be  committed  in  favor  of  a  new   evangelization,   to   rediscover   the   joy   of   believing     and   renew   our   enthusiasm   in   communicating   our   faith”.   (Motu   Proprio   Porta  Fidei,  3,7).  
  • 3. Jesus   was   sent   from   the   Father   and   under   the   Holy   Spirit’s   action,   he   proclaimed   the   Kingdom   of   God,   through  words  and  actions.  Jesus  called   men  and  women  and  communicated  the   new  way  of  life,  of  fraternity  and  love.     “Go  out  to  all  the  world  and  proclaim  the   Good  News  to  all  creation.”  (Mk  16,15).    
  • 4. In  our  faith  in  Christ,  when  our  sense  of   belonging   and   cohesion   grows,   our   desire  to  communicate  the  Gift  of  this   encounter  also  grows.    
  • 5. Communion   and   mission   are   deeply   united…  Communion  is  missionary  and   mission  desires  communion.  
  • 6. The  missionary  disciple,  guided  by  the   Holy  Spirit,  wants  to  make  manifest  the   merciful  love  of  the  Father,  everywhere   and   in   everyone,   especially   in   those   who  suffer  the    most.  
  • 7. We’re   living   in   a   historical   moment   where   a   true   change   is   happening,   where   there’s   a   world   that’s   crumbling,   and   a   new   world   that   is   emerging.   It’s   a   time   of   crisis   in   a   positive   and   negative   way,   full   of   enchantment   and   disenchantment,   with   new   values,   problems   and   possibilities,   that   calls   upon   the   disciples  and  missionaries  of  Christ.      
  • 8. Saint   Vincent   lived   and   acted   in   the   17th   century,   in   a   society   that   was   marked   with   great   social   inequality,   with   a   lot   of   poverty   and   injustice.   Throughout  all  of  his  life  Saint  Vincent   let  reality  and  events  speak  to  him.  He   knew  and  heard  the  cry  of  the  poor  of   his  time.       “If  we  asked  our  Lord  why  He  came  to  earth,  He   would  say:  To  help  the  poor!  …  Nothing  was  more   important  for  Him  than  to  work  for  the  poor”.    
  • 9. The  encounter  with  Christ  in  the  poor   showed   Vincent   that   the   poor   are   our   “Lords   and   Masters”.   In   them   Jesus   reveals  the  true  face  of  the  Father,  “the   good  God”  of  love,  mercy,  the  protector   and  defender  of  the  poor.    
  • 10. The   Vincentian   mission   expresses   and   manifests   a   clear   presence   for   the   apostolate   among   the   poor,   paying   special   attention   to   social   reality,   especially   the   causes   for   unequal   distribution  of  the  world’s  wealth.    
  • 11. In  Christ  evangelizer  of  the  poor,  Saint   Vincent  found  the  “true  model  and  the   great   invisible   outline   by   which   we   must   measure   all   of   our   actions.”   “Christ   is   the   rule   of   the   mission”   and   must  be  “the  life  of  our  life  and  the  only   aspiration  that  our  hearts  desire”.  
  • 12. Saint   Vincent   developed   the   mission   as   an   act   of   love,   which   is   lived   by   the   generous   and   integral   service   to   the   poor.   It’s   a   “material   and   spiritual   service”,  “affective  and  effective”,  through  words  and   actions   and   it   must   lead   to   true   love.   “Charity   is   greater  than  all  rules  and  all  things  must  relate  to  it”.    
  • 13. The  missionary  service  to  the  poor  is  made  in   a  spirit  of  communion  and  participation.  The   work  carried  out  by  Saint  Vincent  was  a  broad   experience  in  solidarity,  it  was  creative  and   diversified,  and  it  counted  on  the   collaboration  of  many  people.    
  • 14. It   was   a   communal   and   participative   work,   in   a   true   sense   networking,   as   we   call   it   today.   In   communion   and  collaboration  with  bishops  and  clergy,  he  united  the   rich  and  poor,  clerics  and  laity,  men  and  women.  
  • 15. Saint  Vincent’s  missionary  experience  is   truly   a   light   for   us   all,   a   guideline   for   our  actions  today.  It  is  a  genuine  path,   that   requires   commitment,   generosity   and   helps   us   to   live   our   condition   of   disciples  and  missionaries  of  Christ.  
  • 16. Let  us  go  to  the  poor!  With  increased   faith,  let’s  be  true  missionaries,  let’s   get  to  work!    
  • 17. Seek  to  love  the  God  of  the  poor,     Proclaim  Jesus  Christ  with  zeal.     Tell  them  the  kingdom  of  God  ha  come   And  the  heaven  is  their  destiny.  (bis)   Buscar  que  el  Dios  del  pobre  sea  amado  /   con  celo  anunciarle  a  Jesucristo.   Decirle  que  su  Reino  ha  llegado  /  y  el  Cielo   es  el  lugar  de  su  destino.  (bis)       La  misión  de  Jesucristo  /  es  la  misma  que   Él  nos  dio.   Hoy  nosotros  continuamos  /  su  misterio   salvador.       Loores  elevemos  hasta  al  cielo  /  a  Dios  que   nos  llamó  a  tal  misión   Nosotros  somos  hoy  los  instrumentos    /   que  anuncian  los  designios  del  Señor.  Bis)       Oh,  que  felicidad,  hermanos  míos,  /  mayor   felicidad  nadie  tendrá   Ni  mismo  Santo  Padre  sentirá  /  la  paz  y  la   alegría  que  nos  da.  (bis)   Traducción  libre  de  una  canción  vicentina   muy  conocida  en  Brasil  y  que  puede  ser   utilizada  durante  la  catequesis.   Seek  to  love  the  God  of  the  poor,     Proclaim  Jesus  Christ  with  zeal.     Tell  them  the  kingdom  of  God  has  come   And  heaven  is  their  destiny.       Jesus  Christ’s    mission   Is  the  same  that  he  gave  us.   Today  we  continue   His  salvific  mystery.         Let’s  raise  our  songs  to  the  heavens   To  God  who  called  us  to  this  mission   We  are  the  instruments   That  proclaim  God’s  desire.         What  happiness,  my  brethren,   Nor  greater  joy  can  people  have   The  father  will  feel   The  peace  and  joy    that  he  gives  us.     (Translation  of  a  Vincentian  song  that  can   be  used  during  the  catechesis.)