St. Vincent took the prayer life of Jesus as an example for himself. He was convinced that he had to go to Jesus every day and ask of Him: “Lord, teach me to pray”. In the course of his day he felt that it was almost an obligation on him to reserve certain times for prayer and meditation. St. Vincent was a man of constant prayer, he prayed everywhere and anywhere. His spiritual diary is a virtual river of prayers. In his prayers he did not borrow words or feelings, rather they were born of what was happening in his soul and they expressed what he was experiencing and feeling. He attained a remarkable level of contemplative prayer; his life was prayer and his every action was a conscious and deliberate glorification of God.
“But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the ‘dictatorship of relativism,’ which makes everyone his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of peoples." (Pope Francis to diplomats)