St Vincent de Paul Society

Reflection 7
May 17, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) John 17:11-19

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep your name those you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one…Now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world…Consecrate them in truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I send them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

Sharing the Mission

For St Vincent de Paul, simplicity is first of all, speaking the truth. It is saying things as they are, without concealing or hiding anything. St Vincent de Paul said, “Simplicity is the virtue I love most, the one to which in all my actions I pay most heed…” The heart must not think one thing while the mouth says another. Vincentians must avoid all duplicity, cunning and double meaning. Simplicity also consists in referring things to God alone, or purity of intention. In St Vincent de Paul’s mind, simplicity was very closely linked with humility and it was inseparable from prudence, which for him meant always basing one’s judgment on the evangelical maxims or on the judgments of Jesus Christ.


In your conference how do you live the core value of simplicity?


Each day this week, consider the question, ‘in my relationships with others, how am I living out the Vincentian virtue of simplicity?”


(Leader)    Through Christ, the merciful Servant,
(Together) Make us one in mind and heart in a spirit of simplicity.
(Leader)    Through Christ, the Healer,
(Together) Grant us the grace of humility and truth.
(Leader)    Through Christ, the Resurrected One,
(Together) May we always live in mutual respect, affection and friendship.
(Together) Amen.