SAINT VINCENT PALLOTTI – PRECURSOR OF THE APOSTOLATE OF LAY PEOPLE
(Reflection on the Homily of Pope Paul VI during his visit to Frascati to venerate the body of Saint Vincent Pallotti, exposed in the Cathedral)
“Throughout the ages, God has endowed men and women with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to continue the salvific mission of Christ and to promote the building up of the Church".
When we think about Saint Vincent Pallotti, we think of a man who knew how to reconcile the apostolate (apostle) and contemplation (mystic), who was able to maintain a “balance” between prayer and apostolic action for the benefit of the concrete realities of his times.
We see different terms currently used in direct reference to Saint Vincent Pallotti, such as: Apostle of Rome, Precursor of Catholic Action, prophet of hope, Apostle of lay people, mystic… These expressions recognise the greatness of our founder in ecclesial life and in his profound experience of belonging to the Church.