In a conversation with his pastor, a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society asked, “Father, where are the ‘good’ poor?” The pastor was shocked that a Vincentian would even ask this question, and I don’t know how the priest replied. But I believe that in our demanding work of serving those who suffer a complicated form of poverty, that question may be one that many of us have pondered: “Where are the deserving poor?”
This is precisely why Vincentians are called to attend to our own spiritual formation and growth, and to reflect at each meeting on a special aspect of gospel spirituality. Then we share our insights and prayer with one another and feel the special, strengthening grace in the Conference meeting to live our vocation to serve our neighbors in need even better!
It is a goal at every level where Vincentians gather, that there be a designated person to be the Spiritual Advisor, or I’d rather name that person, the spiritual animator or facilitator. This is a person who is committed to their own spiritual growth and who is willing to learn and prepare simple ways to assist the members in reflecting on the gospel, the Rule, and Vincentian resources available to us. Spiritual reflection and faith sharing helps us grow in our vocations as Vincentians as we practice our faith in action, loving our neighbors in joyful service.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Mt. 5:7