St Vincent de Paul Society

Reflection 3
February 15, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) Mark 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I will do it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything…” But the man went away and began to publicise the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere

Sharing the Mission

It’s not for everyone. It’s not for anyone. But being a member of the Society of St Vincent de Paul - being a Vincentian - is for some. It is a special calling by God. A member of the Society puts his or her faith into action. The Vincentian vocation is the intimate desire to participate personally and directly in helping friends in need by person-to- person contact and by the gift of one’s heart and friendship, doing so within the communal spirit of a Conference of lay persons each inspired by the same vocation. The Vincentian vocation may be expressed in many ways and with different shades of meaning. Practical translation of faith into action, meditating upon it and adapting it to our changing world is the very life of every Vincentian, the very life of the Society.


As a conference think of new ways to continue to share the “good news” of being a Vincentian.


Blessed Rosalie Rendu, a significant Vincentian in the life of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, is celebrated worldwide in February, marking her Feast Day. Consider including Sister Rendu in your private prayers this week.


(Together)  O God, we stand in gratitude for our vocation to be a Vincentian,
Give us the grace to offer our heart and friendship to the poor.
May we have the desire to serve our friends in need by person-to-person contact,
Give us the grace to invite others to join the Society.
May we have the grace to
put our faith into action, to meditate upon it and to adapt it to our changing world.
(Together)  Amen.