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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.

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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)