Spirituality

Faith in action

Vincentians believe that Jesus Christ is not only God, but also truly human and at home in our world. When the voice of the poor calls, they willingly leave their prayers, or other religious practices, knowing that they are leaving God for God. They seek to honour, love and serve their truly human God by honouring, loving and serving the poor, the abandoned, the victims of exclusion and adversity.

Inspired by the compassion of Jesus Christ to all, Vincentians seek to be compassionate, kind and deeply reverent to all those they serve. With trust in God’s help, they see their work as a continuation of Christ’s own work. Vincentians express their love for God, and for all God’s people, by the sweat of their brow and the strength of their arms. They seek to do this with gentleness and humility, striving to be selfless and genuine, yet passionate about the needs of the poor.

What is spirituality?

This is a hard term to describe, as every culture, religion and person is unique and expresses spirituality in different ways. The Spiritual mission of the Society is to continue the mission of Jesus Christ. The Society sees in the life of Jesus; compassion, simplicity, integrity, gentleness and concern for all people, in everyday situations especially the outcast, rejected, or deprived in our community.

Spirituality is also about relationships and the Society understands that we as people are searching and learning about faith and spirituality and that we use our Vinnies experience as a way to develop and deepen the relationships with each other and the people whom we serve. The spirituality of the Society transcends age and culture.

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections October to December 2016

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    Welcome Welcome to our fourth and final ‘Our Story - Our Mission’, Vincentian Spiritual Reflections for 2016. From October to December the reflections include the lovely and challenging Advent time. Spiritual...

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections July to September 2016

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    Welcome Welcome to the third “Our Story – Our Mission”, Vincentian Spiritual Reflections for 2016. This publication is produced four times a year by the Membership and Development Department, St Vincent...

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections April to June 2016

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    Welcome Welcome to the second “Our Story – Our Mission”, Vincentian Spiritual Reflections for 2016. This publication is produced four times a year by the Membership and Development Department, St...

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections January to March 2016

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    About This Edition We mark several key events in this edition including the Feast Days of St Louise de Marillac and Blessed Rosalie Rendu, two very significant Vincentian leaders. We celebrate Ash Wednesday and the...

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections October to December 2015

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    In this edition we are reminded of the season of Advent and we prepare with hope, joy and excitement for the coming of Christ. W e recognise that this time of the year also presents many competing demands for conferences...

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections July to September 2015

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    In this edition we have included personal reflections and prayers for: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15th; Feast of St Vincent de Paul, September 7th; Feast of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, September 9th.

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections April to June 2015

    In this edition we celebrate significant dates within the Christian, Catholic calendar including Easter Sunday, Ascension of The Lord, Pentecost and the Feast of the Sacred Heart. We wish all members and their families a happy, safe and peaceful...

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections February to March 2015

    In the first few months of 2015, the St Vincent de Paul Society is marking several key events. In March we celebrate the Feast Days of St Louise de Marillac and Blessed Rosalie Rendu, two very significant Vincentian leaders. Accordingly, we have...

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections October to December 2014

    In this edition we are reminded of the season of Advent and we prepare with hope, joy, excitement and much anticipation for the coming of Christ. We also recognise that this is a time of the year that presents many challenges for the people that we...

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections July to September 2014

    A unique collection of prayers and reflections. In the Spiritual Relfections for July to September we have included prayers for the following celebrations: • The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, July 4th • Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed...

  • Vincentian Spiritual Reflections April to June 2014

    A unique collection of prayers and reflections. In this edition, we mark the birthdays of Blessed Federic Ozanam and St Vincent de Paul. We have included a special prayer for Frederic and Vincent. We also continue our preparations for the holiest...