“What Must Be Done” to move
Vincentian Spirituality to Action?
“SPY the field and the seeds you are planning to throw in…”
Guillermo Campuzano, CM
DePaul University - Chicago
Tips For Our Journey…
1. Incorporate Vincentian Family and Systemic Change
in initial and on-going formation programs.
2. Stand with the prophets…the ones in your
community, the ones out there.
3. Continually read the book of Life and identify personal, communal,
and institutional opportunities for systemic change.
4. “Think locally…act globally. Think globally…act locally.”
5. Be sure that in documents the binomial Vincentian Family –
Systemic Change are systematically incorporated.
6. With historic patience, push for a new institutional agenda.
7. Support, help to create, be a part of local chapters of the Vincentian
8. Never forget, experience comes first. That is the Vincentian way! St.
Vincent finished writing the rule of the CM after 33 years of
9. Stand together – The symbol
of Elena - New leadership:
WOMEN and SOCIAL
Systemic Change: towards a new solidarity,
from the prophecy of awareness and the
prophecy of dialogue!
From Lent to Easter
At the end we are going to be
asked about our stories of bold
solidarity… just that!!
“Solidarity is the new name of
Charity” in the context of an indifferent
world… “Indifference is the sin of our
days” (Pope Francis)
“We are unworthy servants, we have
done just our duty” Luke 17:10
In the VF the
The first peoples on earth were not as
anxious as we are
-WAIT- HISTORIC PATIENCE
Nobody is the owner of time
(I was forced by life to
learn that I am dying)
OUR best is enough…
Insignificance and Monotony
Overcome the myth of immortality
We cannot be inferior to this historic moment in which we are living,
but we are not God! Let us embrace the vulnerability of these times
from our own vulnerability
“My Faith is my Experience” SVDP
Remember your “founding experience”… the moment of
enlightenment. How is this here and now connected to that
sacred moment of your life?
Remember the moments of rupture…
ecstasies…let’s have faith in our journey.
This is OUR faith this is OUR Experience:
Vincentian Family – Systemic Change
Faith: primal urge to give our hearts away, to trust, to invest, to embrace, to
love (William Lynch, Images of Faith)
Opposite: fury, fear, suicide/death
(H. Richard Niebuhr, Radical Monotheism and Western Culture)
Adult faith is not stable, but in permanent revolution. Keeps involving
heartbreak, and thus the movement towards other/Other in a self/giving
way…”Why to invest in a world that seems designed to break my heart?”
Recover your Prophetic
Imagination… God talking to
1. Connection between
the primal force
(spirituality) of the
prophet and his-her
constructing images of
what the world should
be like, creative,
3. Chief characteristic of
penetrate reality… The
IRONY -the world will
disappoint us, but it is
worth investing inLynch
The need for a NEW
Vincentian Prophecy in the
USA and Canada Ismael
The urgency of recovering the essence of our
Creative RESISTANCE (critical consumption)
Countercultural Words (provoke a new
Countercultural Actions (coherence of faith and
Do we have the strength to contribute to the
transformation of the status quo?
Where are the ways of God in
trans-modern American Culture?
Where are the cries of the poor coming
Who are the martyrs of today (the ones
who call us from the coherence of their
lives) where is the inner voice of this
country coming from? Who is its
incarnation? Where are the prophets?
Where are the crucified peoples and
communities of today?
Do we want to abandon the theology of
the cross too?
Let us go and do our best to
HELP to Regenerate our HUMAN
DWELLING… live ethically for
the survival of
It is not for the poor… it is beyond
them… they are just an alive
memory of what we MUST DO for
the survival of humanity!
Let us go back to
We have to continually go
back to HIM… he is the
best story of solidarity
from God for us! In his
life there is still an
incomplete UTOPIA: that
another world is
possible… that a dignified
life for all is possible…
that this world
(humanity/earth) can be
“Let us go to