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SAINT VINCENT PALLOTTI:

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR TIMES

(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)

"We are responsible: The Saint adverts, on one hand, to the emptiness, that is, the need which reveals itself in everything around us and, on the other, to listening to this voice come down from heaven with a crystal clear appeal: Look, it is necessary to rebuild a Christian society; to reawaken it; see how we are responsible! Tremendous, dynamic, disturbing, energetic words; and whoever understands this can no longer remain restless and indifferent; but feels that such a word changes quite a bit of the perhaps narrow or bourgeois programme of one’s life. We are responsible for our times, for the life of our brothers and sisters; and we are responsible before our Christian conscience. We are responsible to Christ before the Church and before history; in the presence of God. A word, therefore, capable of restoring a particular dynamism to those who understand it”. Paul VI

The homily preached by Pope Paul VI in Frascati on September 1st 1963, encouraging devotion to Saint Vincent Pallotti, is a call to awaken all Christians of all times who wish to work actively throughout their lives for the salvation of the world.

This homily of Paul VI, heroic in character, strongly affirms the grandeur of Saint Vincent Pallotti, the precursor of Catholic Action. It is no longer a mere affirmation, but rather, a pure reality. The work of Saint Vincent Pallotti on behalf of lay people is so magnificent that it will remain engraved on our hearts; above all for us lay people, who were previously kept apart, passive in the work of evangelisation.

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"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)