Elements of Our Charism

Vincentian Christology: Jesus, Evangelizer of the Poor

The Christ of St. Vincent came to preach good news to the poor. We Vincentians, both clergy and lay, are called be the bearers of this good news today; to share His sensitivity toward the poor, join with Him in his labor, and feel the compassion that throbbed in His heart as he reached out to those who were wandering and aimless like sheep without a shepherd. More…

 

The Blessed Virgin Mary in Vincentian Tradition

According to the words of St. Vincent, Our Blessed Mother, more than all other believers, penetrated the meaning and lived out the teaching of the gospel. We believe that The Lady of the Miraculous Medal appeared to Catherine Labouré in 1830 as a way of reaching out to suffering, discouraged and abandoned persons– as a great symbol of the graces she obtains for those who ask for them. More…

 

Spirituality of  St. Louise de Marillac

The centrality of Jesus crucified in Louise’s spiritual evolution is evident from her earliest writings. Life had taught her that her vocation was to unite herself to Jesus on the cross. “I am going to follow you to the foot of Your Cross which I choose as my cloister.” Louise often wrote that the Daughter of Charity must strive throughout her life to know and to carry out God’s will for her. Louise turned to Jesus to provide the exemplar for the fundamental virtues of the Daughters: humility, simplicity, and charity. Also, Louise, as a mother, turns daily to Mary as the Mother of God, intimately united to her son in the accomplishment of the divine plan. More…

 

Setonian Spirituality

St. Elizabeth had a deeply reflective and remembering life, awake and attentive to the God whom she met in the grace of each moment. Hers was a life of hope amid adversity; trust in a God of provident care became her lifelong practice. Psalm 23, which she learned as a child, remained her favorite consolation throughout her life of suffering and loss. Sustained and freed by her experience of God’s relational presence, Elizabeth was led to extend her love beyond her family to include all who came into her life. More…

 

Spirituality of Frederic Ozanam

Bl. Frederic was intensely aware of his contemporaries’ need to nourish and deepen their faith, and of the urgent need to translate this faith into action: to evangelize not merely in words but through authentic charity. He was convinced that the personal meeting between those who have and those who have not is the best guarantee of mutual understanding. One of the forerunners of social Catholicism, he wrote: “You must not be content with tiding the poor over the poverty crisis: You must study their condition and the injustices which brought about such poverty, with the aim of a long term improvement.” and “It is truth which will always rise up to judge political systems.” More…

Sources: MaloneySeton ShrineSullivanDe Tarrazi