They encourage us to unite ourselves
with Christ and bring “Love” and
“Hope” to a divided world.
Remembering Vincent and Louise:
two great prophets of charity
a collective remembering of
events that are significant
for groups and communities.
They bring together within a given
moment the past, the present and
They evoke gratitude for the past,
strengthen commitment to the present
and generate hope for the future.
Rekindling the fire
Vincent and Louise were icons of charity.
They show in a remarkable way, how the power
of grace can transform fragile earthen vessels
into efficacious instruments of the divine
Celebrating the anniversary of their death
rekindles this fire in us.
It turns the past into a living present that transforms.
After 350 years, Vincent andtheir charity still blazes
The fire of
and ignites many others.
Louise continue to touch and
They dreamt of giving themselves completely to following
Christ by evangelizing and serving the poor of their time.
This dream was like the North Star that guided every
decision they made and every step they took
Gradually, Vincent and Louise discovered the meaning of these
events that seemed to turn them away from the fulfillment of
their dream. They were in reality God’s mysterious ways of
revealing to them their vocation in life.
Vincent and Louise were open to this revelation and
allowed themselves to be led by the Spirit.
and a firm resolve by Vincent to
serve the poor changed the course
of their lives. They were blazing
new trails that contributed to
An experience of renewing the Church and the
illumination for Louise … society of the 17th in France … and
As we remember Vincent and Louise, we are grateful for the
charism that God gave to them … a charism that as founders
they transmitted to the Vincentian Family as a gift to the
Church and to the world.
Creative fidelity is the other face of gratitude for the gift of
Vincent and Louise. This fidelity sends us back to the origins of
the Vincentian Story … invites us to read the present in the light
of their dream … to reread their dream in light of today.
In a world that has generated new forms of poverty, new
faces of the poor, what and who should be our priorities.
Fidelity to their legacy urges us to forge ahead together … to
be prophets of charity in today’s world. It challenges us to
become a “family of prophets”.
Vincent and Louise impel us to form
networks of charity …
Attentive to events and to the
Creative and audacious in their
For us, Vincentian Family, this
celebration of the 350th death
anniversary of Vincent and Louise
is indeed a time of grace, a
propitious moment to “sink deep
our roots in charity and spread
wide our branches in mission” … to
be prophetic and to generate hope.
“It is certain that when charity dwells in a soul.
it takes possession of all its powers; it gives it
no rest; it is a fire that’s constantly active; once
a person is inflamed by it, it hold him
spellbound.” Saint Vincent de Paul
“Please continue to serve our
dear masters with great
gentleness, respect and
cordiality, always seeing God
in them”. Saint Louise de Marillac
Lord God Almighty, Father of the poor, you give us the grace to
celebrate this year the 350th anniversary of the death of St. Vincent
and St. Louise. We thank you for this immense grace. Through their
intercession grant that we allow ourselves to be transformed more
fully by the Spirit you gave them. May the Spirit of Charity so fill our
hearts and minds that our love for our brothers and sisters, who are
marginalized and rejected by society, be gentle, attentive,
compassionate, pro-active and inventive unto infinity. Make us
rediscover the audacity of Vincent and Louise, the diligence and
sweetness of an ever-renewed love of the poor that may help them
change their lives in earnest. Help us make our faith strong and
humble in a world that seems so far away from you yet that thirsts so
much for you. Make us become a sign of hope for many, as were
Vincent and Louise, companions in life. Grant that we do not back
down in the face of difficulties but be ready to dirty our hands in favor
of the poor, our masters. Help us learn from them to become your true
sons and daughters, worthy heirs of the charism you have entrusted
to Vincent and Louise for the good of the Church and of all humanity.
May this jubilee year be for our Vincentian Family a year of grace and
conversion, and for those we love a year of many blessings. Amen.
IMÁGENES DE INTERNET Y PERSONALES
MÚSICA: DAMAR 13.WAV
TEXTO: SOR JULIA C. NEO, DC, Provincia de Filipinas
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ADAPTACIÓN: Sor María Vicenta H.C
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