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Title: Vincentian Spirituality


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Vincentian Spirituality
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INTRODUCTIONS What would you like to get out of
this time together?
Share with your neighbour
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What do we mean by spirituality?
Share with your neighbour
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Many different spiritualities
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Spirituality … a way of seeing …
Life
Creation
Events
People
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As CHRISTIANS our SPIRITUALITY…
Is rooted in the person of JESUS CHRIST
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We CELEBRATED AND RITUALISED this …
At our BAPTISM
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THERE ARE MANY SHADES NUANCES IN FOLLOWING
JESUS WITHIN THE CATHOLIC / CHRISTIAN TRADITION
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CAN YOU THINK OF SOME COMMON CATHOLIC / CHRISTIAN
SPIRITUALITIES?
Share with your neighbour
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Franciscan Carmelite Ignatian Benedictine Dominic
an
SPIRITUALITY FROM RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONS
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LAY SPIRITUALITY GROUPS
MARIAN SPIRITUALITY Legion of Mary
Focolare
TAIZE
Knights of St Columba
CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUPS
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WHAT IS VINCENTIAN SPIRITUALITY ?
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Vincent, Louise Frederic can help us Lets
briefly remember their stories ..
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St Vincent de Paul(1581-1660)
  • Peasant family
  • Priest at 19
  • Chaplain / Almoner to the Queen

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  • Poor converted Vincent
  • Founded the Priests of the Congregation of the
    Mission Daughters of Charity
  • He died a saint and a friend of the Poor

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Louise de Marillac (1591-1660)
  • illegitimate French aristocrat
  • boarding school -Aged 3
  • brilliant education - no home life
  • poverty of feeling different and unwanted

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  • refused entry to Religious Life!!!
  • Arranged marriage
  • Motherhood - son, Michel
  • great FAITH and PRACTICAL LOVE for people in need

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  • widowhood
  • Vincent de Paul - became her spiritual guide
  • He recognised her love of the poor,
    organizational skills and intelligence
  • Became co-workers in serving the poor

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Together they established the Daughters of Charity
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Frederic Ozanam 1813-1853
  • Born in Milan moved to Lyon aged 2
  • Era of Religious cynicism, social inequality,
    class conflict
  • Brilliant passionate
  • University to study Law

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  • Mentor - Sr Rosalie Rendu DC
  • First Conference of Charity aged 20
  • later this becomes SVDP
  • Married man wife, Amelie - daughter, Marie
  • Beatified layman

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What was the focus of their lives?
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Share with your neighbour what you think was
the heartof their spirituality
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JESUS CHRIST HIS GOSPEL
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THE POOR
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THIS DUAL LOVE EXPRESSED ITSELF IN CORE
VINCENTIAN VALUES
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The Poor Icons of Christ
  • In serving the Poor we serve Jesus Christ

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Holistic Service
  • The
  • whole person…..

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People are more than just bodies…
  • We are interested in peoples
  • MATERIAL
  • and
  • SPIRITUAL
  • Well-being

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Mutuality Two Way Traffic
  • The Poor are your Lords Masters
  • The Poorare our Teachers
  • We reveal God to each other

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MOTIVATION
  • Faith vision
  • Motivated by the love of Christ
  • Seek no reward

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The WAY we do it
  • Humility
  • Simplicity
  • Charity

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Otherwise our service is …
  • Patronising
  • Un-Christ like
  • Focused on our own needs

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IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION
MEN WOMEN OF PRAYER ACTION
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HOW CAN VINCENTIAN SPIRITUALITY BE DEVELOPED
WITHIN YOU?
Share with your neighbour
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A FEW IDEAS
  • Prepare quality Vincentian Spiritual Reading at
    weekly meeting and share on this
  • Occasionally incorporate Apostolic Reflection
    into the weekly meeting
  • Go away for a day of retreat / recollection
    together

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RESOURCES
www.famvin.org
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RESOURCES
LINKS PAGE Of DCs WEBSITE
www.daughtersofcharity.org.uk
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RESOURCES
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Pour out Compassion
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  • Pour out compassion and mercy from the depths of
    your heart
  • And give to the poor and broken the service of
    your love.
  • In so far as you do these holy deeds with all the
    love of your soul
  • Then you will resemble me, your God, and I will
    make you whole.
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Pour out Compassion
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  • If you seek out and find the stranger and comfort
    the lowly of heart
  • And offer them your friendship, and my justice
    you impart
  • In so far as you do these holy deeds with all the
    love of your soul
  • Then you will resemble me, your God, and I will
    make you whole.
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