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Inspired by an article by Fr. Lauro Palú, C.M.
To Spiritual Moderators
of Vincentian Groups
Saints Vincent and Louise
Our inspiration
The initi
a
l inspir
a
tion for those of us
who work
a
s Moder
a
tors* of the l
a
y
movements, br
a
nches of the
Vincenti
a
n F
a
mily, comes directly from
St. Vincent
a
nd St. Louise.
A Moder
a
tor is someone who
a
ccomp
a
nies
a
nother, who sits beside
someone else.
Actu
a
lly,
a
s St. Vincent put it: the poor
ev
a
ngelize us, they
a
re our m
a
sters,
we must go to their school (
a
nd
a
ttend their cl
a
sses!)
*I will use the word “moder
a
tor”, though in
some countries this person is
a
lso c
a
lled
“counsellor,” “
a
dvisor,” “
a
ssessor,”“
a
nim
a
tor,” etc.
First moderator of the Charities
St. Louise de Marillac
After beginning the
Confr
a
ternities of Ch
a
rity (we
know there were m
a
ny of these:
of women, of men,
a
nd mixed),
St. Vincent drew up their rule. The
Missioners were supposed to
est
a
blish new "Ch
a
rities" where
ever they pre
a
ched
a
mission or
undertook
a
ny other work. St.
Vincent speci
f
ic
a
lly formed St.
Louise to be the
f
irst "moder
a
tor"
or
a
dviser of the Ch
a
rities,
a
s well
a
s their
a
nim
a
tor
a
nd form
a
tor.
The model adviser or
moderator
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent w
a
s
a
pr
a
ctic
a
l m
a
n. He
a
lw
a
ys
a
sked for lists of the n
a
mes
of the truly needy; he w
a
nted to
know the cost of items in every
region; he would specify th
a
t me
a
t
should be cut into sm
a
ll pieces for
the sick who were toothless;
a
thous
a
nd sm
a
ll det
a
ils which
reve
a
led the intensity of his love for
the poor. (It seems to me th
a
t in the
richness of these pr
a
ctic
a
l det
a
ils
we c
a
n discern the in
f
luence of
Vincent's coll
a
bor
a
tors, especi
a
lly
of St. Louise.)
Attention to practical details
Seeing Christ in the poor
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent w
a
s
a
m
a
n of f
a
ith,
inspired by the Gospel, the person,
the words,
a
nd the
a
ctions of
Jesus Christ. The poor must be
served with kindness, meekness,
cordi
a
lity, p
a
tience, ende
a
rment,
respect, devotion. He spoke of the
poor
a
s being s
a
cr
a
ments of
Christ: we must see Jesus Christ in
the poor. He used to s
a
y th
a
t the
poor
a
re our lords
a
nd m
a
sters (to
the D
a
ughters of Ch
a
rity, he c
a
lled
the poor their owners).
Seeing the poor
through Christ’s eyes
St. Vincent often s
a
id the poor must
be seen through the eyes of Jesus
Christ; such w
a
s his reg
a
rd for them.
He s
a
id th
a
t in order to do the things
of Christ we must put on his spirit,
th
a
t the Congreg
a
tion would be
c
a
p
a
ble of
a
ll things if
a
nim
a
ted by
the spirit of God; th
a
t we must
a
ct in
conformity with the mind of Christ,
etc. As
a
true prophet, St. Vincent
denounced the evils the poor were
subject to, procl
a
iming their dignity
a
nd God's pl
a
n to s
a
ve them through
Jesus Christ;
a
nd he
a
chieved gre
a
t
ch
a
nges in f
a
vor of the poor.
Organizer
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent w
a
s
a
n
extr
a
ordin
a
ry org
a
nizer,
a
ttentive
a
lw
a
ys to those
det
a
ils which would
a
ssure the
proper functioning of his
projects,
a
s well
a
s their
continuity
a
nd development
over long time periods. He
b
a
sed
a
ll on person
a
l cont
a
ct
with the poor
a
nd his love for
them,
a
nd in this w
a
y inspired
his coll
a
bor
a
tors.
Counted on the laity
St. Vincent de Paul
Fleeing from scheming
cleric
a
lism, St. Vincent le
a
rned
to count on the l
a
ity, whom he
knew how to recruit, form,
a
nd
then send out to the most
needy, wherever they could be
found, wherever they would
hide. He knew especi
a
lly how
to entrust women with re
a
l
soci
a
l
a
nd ecclesi
a
stic
a
l
responsibilities, which required
speci
a
l t
a
ct.
Material and spiritual care
St. Vincent de Paul
Aw
a
re of the ev
a
ngelic
a
l
potency of the poor, St. Vincent
w
a
s
a
ble to
a
w
a
ken t
a
lent in the
ones he chose for service to the
poor, so th
a
t they in turn could
c
a
re for others both m
a
teri
a
lly
a
nd spiritu
a
lly, body
a
nd soul,
individu
a
ls
a
nd f
a
milies, in
hospit
a
l
a
nd on returning to
their homes, feeding them
a
nd
providing them with needed
a
gricultur
a
l implements.
Material and spiritual care
St. Vincent de Paul
In this corpor
a
l
a
nd spiritu
a
l
a
id,
St. Vincent w
a
s cert
a
inly helped
by the experience of the l
a
ity,
a
nd
especi
a
lly of the D
a
ughters of
Ch
a
rity. His ev
a
ngeliz
a
tion w
a
s
integr
a
l, re
a
ching beyond simply
a
nnouncing the Gospel
a
nd mere
m
a
teri
a
l
a
ssist
a
nce to become
true hum
a
n development. He used
to tell the volunteers
a
s well
a
s the
D
a
ughters of Ch
a
rity th
a
t by their
goodness they were reve
a
ling the
goodness of God (SV X, 924; IX,
241-242).
Our Task: to Help the
Vincentian Laity
Dimensions of our guid
a
nce:
• Religious Spiritu
a
l life, s
a
cr
a
ments,
liturgy
• Ecclesi
a
l
• Vincenti
a
n
• M
a
ri
a
n
• Mission
a
ry Including the New
Ev
a
ngeliz
a
tion
• Soci
a
l Integr
a
ting theologic
a
l,
a
ssistenti
a
l, development
a
l,
a
nd
liber
a
ting ch
a
rity (its politic
a
l dimension:
structures)
• Org
a
niz
a
tion
a
l
(Source: Fr. Antonio Eldu
a
yen, CLAPVI,
ye
a
r XXII, #93, 1996, p. 324-336)
Society of St. Vincent de P
a
ul Conference meeting
https://vimeo.com/svdpus
a
council
Our Task: to Help the
Vincentian Laity
Turning our
a
ttention to the
M
a
ri
a
n Youth movements: there
a
re cert
a
in
a
ctions to be
a
voided,
a
nd others to be
cultiv
a
ted in the he
a
rts of youth.
Wh
a
t we must
a
void:
p
a
tern
a
lism, overly strict
direction.
Wh
a
t must be cultiv
a
ted in our
de
a
lings with youth: we must
insist on pr
a
yer, spiritu
a
l
direction, proper v
a
lues,
voc
a
tion
a
l options, te
a
m work.
Vincenti
a
n M
a
ri
a
n Youth, Solomon Isl
a
nds
https://www.f
a
cebook.com/SIJMV
Historic
a
lly there h
a
ve been two kinds of
moder
a
tors: one directive, the other more
liber
a
ting.
1. Directive moder
a
tor: In
a
cleric
a
l
Church the priest-Moder
a
tor w
a
s
"director" who knew everything,
a
nd the
l
a
ity mere "minors," dependent on the
priest for everything. The priest w
a
s
responsible for everything; the l
a
ity
p
a
ssive. This cleric
a
lism is open to severe
criticism for the consequences of its
p
a
tern
a
lism which deperson
a
lized the
l
a
ity, who were obliged to listen, to obey,
to follow orders, without di
a
logue, without
p
a
rticip
a
tion, without person
a
l
responsibility. In this c
a
se, p
a
ssivity is
inevit
a
ble. Conscience is not
a
w
a
kened,
re
a
soning is
a
bsent, individu
a
lism grows,
a
nd the group is not enriched bec
a
use
nothing is ever sh
a
red.
Role of the Moderator of
Lay Movements
2. The moder
a
tor who liber
a
tes:
Contr
a
ry to the
a
bove,
a
di
ff
erent type of
guid
a
nce is possible, the fruit of
a
di
ff
erent vision of Church. Since V
a
tic
a
n
II, we t
a
lk of the "People of God," where
a
ll
a
re equ
a
l, even though we occupy
di
ff
erent pl
a
ces
a
nd ful
f
ill di
ff
erent t
a
sks
while serving our brothers
a
nd sisters. We
priests c
a
n no longer reg
a
rd the l
a
ity only
a
s objects of our ze
a
l, of our direction, of
our
a
uthority. As responsible,
a
s
a
re we,
for their own lives
a
nd for their response
to God, the l
a
ity should contribute their
person
a
l ch
a
rism
a
, experience, t
a
lents,
ide
a
s,
a
nd c
a
p
a
city to love
a
nd serve, in
a
m
a
ture, responsible w
a
y. We c
a
nnot
spend our time just te
a
ching, but must be
formed
a
long with the l
a
ity in the process
of tr
a
nsforming society
a
nd the world.
Role of the Moderator of
Lay Movements
Vincenti
a
n M
a
ri
a
n Youth, Philippines
f
a
cebook.com/ComVmyPhilippinesN
a
tion
a
lCouncilP
a
ge
This kind of direction is s
a
id to be liber
a
ting,
bec
a
use stimul
a
ting
a
ctive p
a
rticip
a
tion of
a
person
a
nd forming him or her tow
a
rds
more p
a
rticip
a
tion, frees up the
tr
a
nsforming potenti
a
l which exists in
a
ll of
us. Through p
a
rticip
a
tion one is en
a
bled to
progress from
a
st
a
te of childlike conscience
to
a
critic
a
l conscience which
a
ttempts to
know re
a
lity
a
s it is, with its positive v
a
lues
a
nd de
f
iciencies, with the
a
mbiguities found
in other people,
a
nd the limit
a
tions of
everything th
a
t surrounds us… with
openness to di
a
logue, re
f
lection,
a
nd co-
responsibility, e
a
ch member is helped to
form
a
consciousness of his own dignity
a
nd
worth, strengthening himself to tr
a
nsform
re
a
lity,
a
nd m
a
ke
a
contribution tow
a
rds the
well-being of
a
ll, especi
a
lly of the most
h
a
ndic
a
pped
a
nd
a
b
a
ndoned. Thus we c
a
n
see how this type of guid
a
nce is best for our
fund
a
ment
a
l option for the poor.
Role of the Moderator of
Lay Movements
JMV Perú
https://www.f
a
cebook.com/jum
a
vi.peru
1. Functions
a
nd job, or mission, of the
moder
a
tor:
• To help its members live
a
n experience of
Church, to l
a
bor, inspired by the love of
Jesus Christ for the poor, in f
a
vor of the
most needy.
• To help our groups to
a
dopt
a
truly
ev
a
ngelic
a
l
a
ttitude tow
a
rds the problems
our poor f
a
ce tod
a
y. B
a
sed on the Gospel,
on St. Vincent,
a
nd on the soci
a
l te
a
chings
of the Church, the Moder
a
tor must see to
it th
a
t these groups, inspired by our own
ch
a
rism, be formed
a
nd serve the poor
a
postolic
a
lly.
• To help
a
group grow by te
a
ching them
proper group procedures, which will
a
lso
develop e
a
ch individu
a
l member.
The moder
a
tor’s job, then, is to de
a
l with the
group
a
s
a
unit
a
nd
a
ccomp
a
ny them in
their
a
postolic works.
Qualities of a moderator
L
a
dies of Ch
a
rity AIC USA
Vincenti
a
n Spiritu
a
l Moder
a
tors Meeting
We c
a
n
a
lso
a
pply to the Vincenti
a
n groups with
whom we work the words of Cl
a
ire Delv
a
, ex-
president of the AIC,
a
nd
f
irst org
a
nizer of the
Volunteers of Ch
a
rity on
a
n intern
a
tion
a
l level,
words she
a
ddressed to the CM Visitors in Bogot
a
in 1983
a
nd which indic
a
te wh
a
t the members of
the AIC
a
sk of their moder
a
tors:
"Be
a
ttentive to our e
ff
orts.”
"Support
a
nd encour
a
ge us.”
"Recognize our c
a
p
a
bilities
a
s responsible l
a
y
women.”
"Accept the worth of our
a
ssoci
a
tion on n
a
tion
a
l
a
nd intern
a
tion
a
l levels,
a
s well
a
s our own identity
a
nd our
a
utonomy
a
mong other org
a
niz
a
tions
dedic
a
ted to ch
a
rity
a
nd
a
ssist
a
nce.”
“Coll
a
bor
a
te with us on
a
ll levels, l
a
ity
a
nd clerics
cooper
a
ting in joint responsibility.”
To these words Cl
a
ire Delv
a
a
dded, in the n
a
me of
a
ll the Volunteers of the world: "We
a
lso commit
ourselves to
a
ll this.” (Cf. Quevedo, op. cit. p. 219).
Words of Claire Delva, ex-
president of the AIC
• Encour
a
ge the interioriz
a
tion of the Word of
God
a
nd celebr
a
te it, v
a
luing group pr
a
yer
a
nd
the liturgy bec
a
use Christ m
a
kes himself
present in the word, in the Euch
a
rist
a
nd in
those who pr
a
y together
• O
ff
er
a
c
a
techetic
a
l form
a
tion process for
m
a
turing in f
a
ith -
a
process of inspir
a
tion
which h
a
s its st
a
ges, its objectives
a
nd its
a
ctivities
• M
a
ke known to the members wh
a
t Holy
Scripture
a
nd the Church s
a
y in reg
a
rd to the
Virgin
• Promote the knowledge of St. Vincent, St.
Louise, St. C
a
therine
a
nd other witnesses of the
Church who lived the Gospel in giving
themselves to ch
a
rity
• O
ff
er the members the possibility of serving the
poor
• Promote study sessions,
a
school for c
a
techists,
a
ssemblies, public
a
tions
a
nd other instruments
of p
a
stor
a
l
a
nd soci
a
l communic
a
tion
Suggested actions of the
moderator
Qu
a
lities we should person
a
lly cultiv
a
te in our he
a
rts:
• We must be people of f
a
ith, well-disposed to
communic
a
te the ze
a
l which consumes us, to
others
• To be Moder
a
tors we must be
a
ble to stimul
a
te
growth in individu
a
ls
a
nd groups,
a
nd not
continu
a
lly criticizing errors
a
nd minim
a
l defects.
We h
a
ve to discover the good in e
a
ch process,
support indic
a
tions of good will, prep
a
re for the
future with p
a
tience
a
nd prep
a
re our t
a
sks
optimistic
a
lly
a
nd cour
a
geously. It is not just
a
question of te
a
ching the works of St. Vincent, but of
communic
a
ting his spirit of tr
a
nsform
a
tion of life
• In order to
a
nim
a
te the l
a
ity who work with the poor
a
nd h
a
ndic
a
pped, we must know how to
communic
a
te
a
positive, joyful,
a
nd hopeful
mess
a
ge th
a
t we
a
re the be
a
rers of God's love to
the lost
a
nd
a
b
a
ndoned. St. Vincent used to s
a
y:
"We must procl
a
im th
a
t the Kingdom of God is for
the poor. Do it like the women the Risen Lord sent to
a
nnounce to the
a
postles his victory over de
a
th, sin,
a
nd
a
ll evil."
Qualities of a moderator
• Inspired by St. Vincent, living his
ch
a
rism in
a
n
a
postolic spiritu
a
lity
committed to the poor, we must l
a
bor
a
s the Church
a
sks, promoting justice
in our own spirit of "simple, cordi
a
l,
humble love,
a
love th
a
t t
a
kes risks,
a
n
inventive love" (B
a
sic document, AIC)
• In order to help the l
a
ity to interpret the
signs of the times in the light of Christ
a
nd the Gospel (not in the light of
television!), we need the gift of
discernment. We
f
ind this through
cont
a
ct with the Word of God, re
a
d
through the eyes of the poor; in the
Bible;
a
nd in d
a
ily life.
• A Moder
a
tor must cultiv
a
te good
hum
a
n rel
a
tions, with fr
a
ternity,
Christi
a
n friendship, united in loving
a
nd serving the Vincenti
a
n F
a
mily.
Qualities of a moderator
(continued)
Sometimes we m
a
y think th
a
t this
w
a
y of presenting
a
list of qu
a
lities
does not t
a
ke into
a
ccount
a
person
a
l re
a
lity: th
a
t
a
ll of us
a
re
not so gifted. Actu
a
lly we c
a
nnot
expect the Moder
a
tor to be
a
superhero with no defects,
a
nd
blessed with
a
ll the gifts of n
a
ture
a
nd gr
a
ce. A generous good will is
su
ff
icient, plus untiring e
ff
ort,
a
willingness to ev
a
lu
a
te
a
nd
ch
a
nge
a
ttitudes, cour
a
ge to
recognize our limit
a
tions
a
nd
consequently to improve our
p
a
rticip
a
tion,
a
nd
a
bove
a
ll good
prep
a
r
a
tion of our
a
ctivities
a
nd
t
a
sks.
The Reality
The Moderator of Vincentian Movements
Lauro Palú, C.M.
Available at https://cmglobal.org/en/files/2018/04/VT-1998-02-13-ENG-PALU.pdf
Images: Depaul Image Archive, or as noted
Source Fr. Lauro Palú, C.M. (1939-2023)
link to obituary

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The spiritual moderator of vincentian groups

  • 1. Inspired by an article by Fr. Lauro Palú, C.M. To Spiritual Moderators of Vincentian Groups
  • 2. Saints Vincent and Louise Our inspiration The initi a l inspir a tion for those of us who work a s Moder a tors* of the l a y movements, br a nches of the Vincenti a n F a mily, comes directly from St. Vincent a nd St. Louise. A Moder a tor is someone who a ccomp a nies a nother, who sits beside someone else. Actu a lly, a s St. Vincent put it: the poor ev a ngelize us, they a re our m a sters, we must go to their school ( a nd a ttend their cl a sses!) *I will use the word “moder a tor”, though in some countries this person is a lso c a lled “counsellor,” “ a dvisor,” “ a ssessor,”“ a nim a tor,” etc.
  • 3. First moderator of the Charities St. Louise de Marillac After beginning the Confr a ternities of Ch a rity (we know there were m a ny of these: of women, of men, a nd mixed), St. Vincent drew up their rule. The Missioners were supposed to est a blish new "Ch a rities" where ever they pre a ched a mission or undertook a ny other work. St. Vincent speci f ic a lly formed St. Louise to be the f irst "moder a tor" or a dviser of the Ch a rities, a s well a s their a nim a tor a nd form a tor.
  • 4. The model adviser or moderator St. Vincent de Paul St. Vincent w a s a pr a ctic a l m a n. He a lw a ys a sked for lists of the n a mes of the truly needy; he w a nted to know the cost of items in every region; he would specify th a t me a t should be cut into sm a ll pieces for the sick who were toothless; a thous a nd sm a ll det a ils which reve a led the intensity of his love for the poor. (It seems to me th a t in the richness of these pr a ctic a l det a ils we c a n discern the in f luence of Vincent's coll a bor a tors, especi a lly of St. Louise.) Attention to practical details
  • 5. Seeing Christ in the poor St. Vincent de Paul St. Vincent w a s a m a n of f a ith, inspired by the Gospel, the person, the words, a nd the a ctions of Jesus Christ. The poor must be served with kindness, meekness, cordi a lity, p a tience, ende a rment, respect, devotion. He spoke of the poor a s being s a cr a ments of Christ: we must see Jesus Christ in the poor. He used to s a y th a t the poor a re our lords a nd m a sters (to the D a ughters of Ch a rity, he c a lled the poor their owners).
  • 6. Seeing the poor through Christ’s eyes St. Vincent often s a id the poor must be seen through the eyes of Jesus Christ; such w a s his reg a rd for them. He s a id th a t in order to do the things of Christ we must put on his spirit, th a t the Congreg a tion would be c a p a ble of a ll things if a nim a ted by the spirit of God; th a t we must a ct in conformity with the mind of Christ, etc. As a true prophet, St. Vincent denounced the evils the poor were subject to, procl a iming their dignity a nd God's pl a n to s a ve them through Jesus Christ; a nd he a chieved gre a t ch a nges in f a vor of the poor.
  • 7. Organizer St. Vincent de Paul St. Vincent w a s a n extr a ordin a ry org a nizer, a ttentive a lw a ys to those det a ils which would a ssure the proper functioning of his projects, a s well a s their continuity a nd development over long time periods. He b a sed a ll on person a l cont a ct with the poor a nd his love for them, a nd in this w a y inspired his coll a bor a tors.
  • 8. Counted on the laity St. Vincent de Paul Fleeing from scheming cleric a lism, St. Vincent le a rned to count on the l a ity, whom he knew how to recruit, form, a nd then send out to the most needy, wherever they could be found, wherever they would hide. He knew especi a lly how to entrust women with re a l soci a l a nd ecclesi a stic a l responsibilities, which required speci a l t a ct.
  • 9. Material and spiritual care St. Vincent de Paul Aw a re of the ev a ngelic a l potency of the poor, St. Vincent w a s a ble to a w a ken t a lent in the ones he chose for service to the poor, so th a t they in turn could c a re for others both m a teri a lly a nd spiritu a lly, body a nd soul, individu a ls a nd f a milies, in hospit a l a nd on returning to their homes, feeding them a nd providing them with needed a gricultur a l implements.
  • 10. Material and spiritual care St. Vincent de Paul In this corpor a l a nd spiritu a l a id, St. Vincent w a s cert a inly helped by the experience of the l a ity, a nd especi a lly of the D a ughters of Ch a rity. His ev a ngeliz a tion w a s integr a l, re a ching beyond simply a nnouncing the Gospel a nd mere m a teri a l a ssist a nce to become true hum a n development. He used to tell the volunteers a s well a s the D a ughters of Ch a rity th a t by their goodness they were reve a ling the goodness of God (SV X, 924; IX, 241-242).
  • 11. Our Task: to Help the Vincentian Laity Dimensions of our guid a nce: • Religious Spiritu a l life, s a cr a ments, liturgy • Ecclesi a l • Vincenti a n • M a ri a n • Mission a ry Including the New Ev a ngeliz a tion • Soci a l Integr a ting theologic a l, a ssistenti a l, development a l, a nd liber a ting ch a rity (its politic a l dimension: structures) • Org a niz a tion a l (Source: Fr. Antonio Eldu a yen, CLAPVI, ye a r XXII, #93, 1996, p. 324-336) Society of St. Vincent de P a ul Conference meeting https://vimeo.com/svdpus a council
  • 12. Our Task: to Help the Vincentian Laity Turning our a ttention to the M a ri a n Youth movements: there a re cert a in a ctions to be a voided, a nd others to be cultiv a ted in the he a rts of youth. Wh a t we must a void: p a tern a lism, overly strict direction. Wh a t must be cultiv a ted in our de a lings with youth: we must insist on pr a yer, spiritu a l direction, proper v a lues, voc a tion a l options, te a m work. Vincenti a n M a ri a n Youth, Solomon Isl a nds https://www.f a cebook.com/SIJMV
  • 13. Historic a lly there h a ve been two kinds of moder a tors: one directive, the other more liber a ting. 1. Directive moder a tor: In a cleric a l Church the priest-Moder a tor w a s "director" who knew everything, a nd the l a ity mere "minors," dependent on the priest for everything. The priest w a s responsible for everything; the l a ity p a ssive. This cleric a lism is open to severe criticism for the consequences of its p a tern a lism which deperson a lized the l a ity, who were obliged to listen, to obey, to follow orders, without di a logue, without p a rticip a tion, without person a l responsibility. In this c a se, p a ssivity is inevit a ble. Conscience is not a w a kened, re a soning is a bsent, individu a lism grows, a nd the group is not enriched bec a use nothing is ever sh a red. Role of the Moderator of Lay Movements
  • 14. 2. The moder a tor who liber a tes: Contr a ry to the a bove, a di ff erent type of guid a nce is possible, the fruit of a di ff erent vision of Church. Since V a tic a n II, we t a lk of the "People of God," where a ll a re equ a l, even though we occupy di ff erent pl a ces a nd ful f ill di ff erent t a sks while serving our brothers a nd sisters. We priests c a n no longer reg a rd the l a ity only a s objects of our ze a l, of our direction, of our a uthority. As responsible, a s a re we, for their own lives a nd for their response to God, the l a ity should contribute their person a l ch a rism a , experience, t a lents, ide a s, a nd c a p a city to love a nd serve, in a m a ture, responsible w a y. We c a nnot spend our time just te a ching, but must be formed a long with the l a ity in the process of tr a nsforming society a nd the world. Role of the Moderator of Lay Movements Vincenti a n M a ri a n Youth, Philippines f a cebook.com/ComVmyPhilippinesN a tion a lCouncilP a ge
  • 15. This kind of direction is s a id to be liber a ting, bec a use stimul a ting a ctive p a rticip a tion of a person a nd forming him or her tow a rds more p a rticip a tion, frees up the tr a nsforming potenti a l which exists in a ll of us. Through p a rticip a tion one is en a bled to progress from a st a te of childlike conscience to a critic a l conscience which a ttempts to know re a lity a s it is, with its positive v a lues a nd de f iciencies, with the a mbiguities found in other people, a nd the limit a tions of everything th a t surrounds us… with openness to di a logue, re f lection, a nd co- responsibility, e a ch member is helped to form a consciousness of his own dignity a nd worth, strengthening himself to tr a nsform re a lity, a nd m a ke a contribution tow a rds the well-being of a ll, especi a lly of the most h a ndic a pped a nd a b a ndoned. Thus we c a n see how this type of guid a nce is best for our fund a ment a l option for the poor. Role of the Moderator of Lay Movements JMV Perú https://www.f a cebook.com/jum a vi.peru
  • 16. 1. Functions a nd job, or mission, of the moder a tor: • To help its members live a n experience of Church, to l a bor, inspired by the love of Jesus Christ for the poor, in f a vor of the most needy. • To help our groups to a dopt a truly ev a ngelic a l a ttitude tow a rds the problems our poor f a ce tod a y. B a sed on the Gospel, on St. Vincent, a nd on the soci a l te a chings of the Church, the Moder a tor must see to it th a t these groups, inspired by our own ch a rism, be formed a nd serve the poor a postolic a lly. • To help a group grow by te a ching them proper group procedures, which will a lso develop e a ch individu a l member. The moder a tor’s job, then, is to de a l with the group a s a unit a nd a ccomp a ny them in their a postolic works. Qualities of a moderator L a dies of Ch a rity AIC USA Vincenti a n Spiritu a l Moder a tors Meeting
  • 17. We c a n a lso a pply to the Vincenti a n groups with whom we work the words of Cl a ire Delv a , ex- president of the AIC, a nd f irst org a nizer of the Volunteers of Ch a rity on a n intern a tion a l level, words she a ddressed to the CM Visitors in Bogot a in 1983 a nd which indic a te wh a t the members of the AIC a sk of their moder a tors: "Be a ttentive to our e ff orts.” "Support a nd encour a ge us.” "Recognize our c a p a bilities a s responsible l a y women.” "Accept the worth of our a ssoci a tion on n a tion a l a nd intern a tion a l levels, a s well a s our own identity a nd our a utonomy a mong other org a niz a tions dedic a ted to ch a rity a nd a ssist a nce.” “Coll a bor a te with us on a ll levels, l a ity a nd clerics cooper a ting in joint responsibility.” To these words Cl a ire Delv a a dded, in the n a me of a ll the Volunteers of the world: "We a lso commit ourselves to a ll this.” (Cf. Quevedo, op. cit. p. 219). Words of Claire Delva, ex- president of the AIC
  • 18. • Encour a ge the interioriz a tion of the Word of God a nd celebr a te it, v a luing group pr a yer a nd the liturgy bec a use Christ m a kes himself present in the word, in the Euch a rist a nd in those who pr a y together • O ff er a c a techetic a l form a tion process for m a turing in f a ith - a process of inspir a tion which h a s its st a ges, its objectives a nd its a ctivities • M a ke known to the members wh a t Holy Scripture a nd the Church s a y in reg a rd to the Virgin • Promote the knowledge of St. Vincent, St. Louise, St. C a therine a nd other witnesses of the Church who lived the Gospel in giving themselves to ch a rity • O ff er the members the possibility of serving the poor • Promote study sessions, a school for c a techists, a ssemblies, public a tions a nd other instruments of p a stor a l a nd soci a l communic a tion Suggested actions of the moderator
  • 19. Qu a lities we should person a lly cultiv a te in our he a rts: • We must be people of f a ith, well-disposed to communic a te the ze a l which consumes us, to others • To be Moder a tors we must be a ble to stimul a te growth in individu a ls a nd groups, a nd not continu a lly criticizing errors a nd minim a l defects. We h a ve to discover the good in e a ch process, support indic a tions of good will, prep a re for the future with p a tience a nd prep a re our t a sks optimistic a lly a nd cour a geously. It is not just a question of te a ching the works of St. Vincent, but of communic a ting his spirit of tr a nsform a tion of life • In order to a nim a te the l a ity who work with the poor a nd h a ndic a pped, we must know how to communic a te a positive, joyful, a nd hopeful mess a ge th a t we a re the be a rers of God's love to the lost a nd a b a ndoned. St. Vincent used to s a y: "We must procl a im th a t the Kingdom of God is for the poor. Do it like the women the Risen Lord sent to a nnounce to the a postles his victory over de a th, sin, a nd a ll evil." Qualities of a moderator
  • 20. • Inspired by St. Vincent, living his ch a rism in a n a postolic spiritu a lity committed to the poor, we must l a bor a s the Church a sks, promoting justice in our own spirit of "simple, cordi a l, humble love, a love th a t t a kes risks, a n inventive love" (B a sic document, AIC) • In order to help the l a ity to interpret the signs of the times in the light of Christ a nd the Gospel (not in the light of television!), we need the gift of discernment. We f ind this through cont a ct with the Word of God, re a d through the eyes of the poor; in the Bible; a nd in d a ily life. • A Moder a tor must cultiv a te good hum a n rel a tions, with fr a ternity, Christi a n friendship, united in loving a nd serving the Vincenti a n F a mily. Qualities of a moderator (continued)
  • 21. Sometimes we m a y think th a t this w a y of presenting a list of qu a lities does not t a ke into a ccount a person a l re a lity: th a t a ll of us a re not so gifted. Actu a lly we c a nnot expect the Moder a tor to be a superhero with no defects, a nd blessed with a ll the gifts of n a ture a nd gr a ce. A generous good will is su ff icient, plus untiring e ff ort, a willingness to ev a lu a te a nd ch a nge a ttitudes, cour a ge to recognize our limit a tions a nd consequently to improve our p a rticip a tion, a nd a bove a ll good prep a r a tion of our a ctivities a nd t a sks. The Reality
  • 22. The Moderator of Vincentian Movements Lauro Palú, C.M. Available at https://cmglobal.org/en/files/2018/04/VT-1998-02-13-ENG-PALU.pdf Images: Depaul Image Archive, or as noted Source Fr. Lauro Palú, C.M. (1939-2023) link to obituary