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St. Vincent took the prayer life of Jesus as an example for himself. He was convinced that he had to go to Jesus every day and ask of Him: “Lord, teach me to pray”.  In the course of his day he felt that it was almost an obligation on him to reserve certain times for prayer and meditation. St. Vincent was a man of constant  prayer, he prayed everywhere and anywhere. His spiritual diary is a virtual river of prayers.  In his prayers he did not borrow words or feelings, rather they were born of what was happening in his soul and they expressed what he was experiencing and feeling. He attained a remarkable level of contemplative prayer; his life was prayer and his every action  was a conscious and deliberate glorification of God.

From the above we understand that spirituality does not consist of performing devotional spiritual exercises but is, rather, a transformation of ones life through reflection, meditation and contemplation of the Word; the love of God which is experienced  in prayer is made visible in ones actions and interaction with others.

St. Vincent, in his prayer, is completely absorbed in God. Let us pray with him: 
“My God, in every moment you nourish me with your Wisdom and you destroy my ignorance. You nourish me with your inaccessible Light and you destroy all my shadows. You nourish me with your infinite Perfection and you
destroy my life which is a monstrosity of imperfections. You nourish me with your infinite Being and you destroy my brutish life, my loathsome self, a sinful man, and by a miracle of your Mercy,  even though I have merited infinite times to lose God forever, God himself  with all of his Nature, Person and Attributes made Himself all mine,  he becomes my nourishment and he nourishes me always, so as to transform me into Himself and make me one with Him. Therefore, I am all in God and God is all in me: and with His eternal nature he brings me to all times and in his immensity he brings me to all places and I experience myself as  eternal and immersed in Him.  Oh Wondrous God, oh Infinite Mercy”.  (cf. OOCC X, 696-698)

AfT, Nov 2007

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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)