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SAINT VINCENT PALLOTTI: ACT IMMEDIATELY – TODAY!

(Reflection on the Homily of Paul VI during his visit to Frascati to venerate the body of Saint Vincent Pallotti which was exposed in the Cathedral, September 1st 1963)

“[St. Vincent] made it possible for all to make a positive contribution of action and of Christian witness. Come with your understanding of the social needs which surround us, and with your genius for discovering new ways in which the Message of Christ can be made known. It is time to act, we must act today, today, because this is the law of the Christian conscience. When someone feels a duty, they don’t say: I will do it tomorrow. It is necessary to act immediately. This imperative to act today and immediately comes from the needs, which are truly great precisely for those who know how to see them.

You don’t say to someone who is hungry: come tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Christian aid must be given immediately to all these movements surrounding us which could be fatal for the life and history of our country, and which have an enormous need of people who will become apostles for them, who will free them from the errors which have brought them to this state and which still seduce them; an apostle who knows how to say to the good and generous hearted among our people: no, not this way, but the way of Christ. It is necessary to work today because tomorrow may be too late.

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* Our Way of Life *

 

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)