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Two Lenten Meditations for Vincentians

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From Lenten letter of Superior General Robert P. Maloney 1993

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Two Lenten Meditations for Vincentians

  1. 1. Two Lenten meditations that are close to the heart of the Vincentian tradition from a Lenten letter of Fr. Robert Maloney, C.M.
  2. 2. 1. Meditate on the crucified Lord
  3. 3. The cross is the symbol of what is at the core of Jesus' person: "The way we came to understand love was that He laid down His life for us; we, too, must lay down our lives for one another." (1 Jn 3:16).
  4. 4. The crucified Jesus proclaims that self-giving love is at the heart of being God and at the heart of being human. It is most important that we ourselves experience the love God reveals through the cross, that we have a deep confidence in a personal loving God who works actively in our lives. This is the foundation [for our ministry].
  5. 5. Our own experience of God's love will move us to proclaim it as good news. This love is self-giving, sacrificial, forgiving, healing, unifying, loyal to one's friends, powerless in solidarity with the weak, and utterly confident in the power of God. photo: filles-de-la-charite.org
  6. 6. 2. Meditate on the crucified Lord in the "crucified peoples"
  7. 7. Sin continues to work in our times, crucifying the Lord of history. Vincentians see the crucified every day in the streets of large cities and in poor country villages. But it is so easy for the "world", and for us too, to become numb to their plight.
  8. 8. Our contemplation of the crucified Lord cannot remain merely a pious exercise; nor can it be simply meditation on a past event. The Lord lives on in His members. He is crucified in individual persons and in suffering peoples. The call is to see Him and to serve Him there. photo: filles-de-la-charite.org
  9. 9. One of the great gifts of our founder [St. Vincent de Paul] was the ability to recognize the crucified Christ in the face of the suffering and to mobilize the energies of others in their service. He was an extraordinary organizer. To aid the most abandoned of his time, he gathered together rich and poor, women and men, clergy and lay.
  10. 10. As he contemplated suffering humanity, he knew, to use the eloquent please of a contemporary writer, that the "crucified peoples" bring salvation to us, as we labor to take them down from the cross.
  11. 11. In a Lenten framework, our meditation on: 1) the crucified Lord, who loves us even to death, and 2) on the crucified peoples in whom the Lord continues to live, will always he brightened by resurrection faith. The Gospel is always good news. It proclaims loud and clear that suffering love triumphs, that the power of God works through human weakness, that the light overcomes the darkness, that there is hope even in the face of hopelessness.
  12. 12. Source: 1992 Lenten Letter of Superior General Fr. Robert P. Maloney, C.M.

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