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SAINT VINCENT PALLOTTI – PRECURSOR OF THE APOSTOLATE OF LAY PEOPLE

(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 )

“It would be interesting to examine how Vincent Pallotti had what the Saints possessed above all: an awareness, which, in them, initially becomes painful and almost dramatic; the perception of evil, of needs, of lacks, of the widespread unfaithfulness to the mercy and grace of God” (Homily of Paul VI)

I would like to invite you to reflect on this passage from the homily of Paul VI. To begin, I invite you to use your imagination a little: Let us place ourselves at the time of Pallotti and in the places where he lived. Let us try to experience once more what he was able to experience within himself.

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