ONRC sprirituality workshop
(posted: September 17, 2016)
Vincentian Spirituality, Virtues and Us as Family
We are born into a family, we don't choose our relatives, as well we are descendants of a common ancestor. We are God's children in His ever inclusive family. If at the end of our workshop our concept of family has expanded to include everyone then we will have been successful.
Let us look at how the five vincentian virtues of, SIMPLICITY, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS, SELFLESSNESS, ZEAL, will help us be more holy and lead to a deeper relationship with Jesus and each other.
Let's look at the First Vincentian virtue of SIMPLICITY
Jesus always spoke and acted with clarity and simplicity. Jesus always prayed to His Father before a miracle saying,'I thank you Father for hearing me.' He and His father are one and He calls us into that simple oneness. There is and inner silence that can be difficult to access since our world is chaotic. This makes finding that well of silence and peace an imperative to any movement towards finding Holiness. When we are at peace anchored in Christ's love we authentically have the freedom to be our best selves and that is attractive.
Questions for reflection. How can I be more inclusive in those I consider to be family? How can I use my past experiences to increase my trust in God's love?
I taught school for 32 yrs, that will keep you humble! One of my favourite stories that I read many years, was Charlottes' Web. Charlotte, the spider, would put words describing Wilbur, the pig, in the web. One of the words was HUMBLE, which meant low to the ground. I like that definition as it captures how God wants us to be, after all everything we have is a gift that is lent to us to help others. JOY...Jesus, others, yourself...puts things in the right order. When the order gets reversed then we forget that we follow Jesus, a humble servant God.
Question for reflection! How can I open my heart more fully to God's love and providence?
One of the most misunderstood virtues is gentleness. It takes a strong person to be Gentle. Jesus says a soft word turns away wrath. You get what you give... anger begets anger, if we are gentle, generally the response will be gentle. If we are loving and respectful generally that will be the response.
Question for reflection! How can we model Christ's gentleness to those we serve?
Our journey to God is one of seeking selflessness. Modeling Jesus, who was totally selfless, will lead to loving service. When we die to ourself we are putting on Christ, who makes us our best selves. If we
Question for Reflection. Am I prepared to let God drive?
St.Theresa tells us to do our work well since we are God's hands, feet, eyes and heart. This is an exciting idea that alone will increase our zeal. Each of us has many examples of finding Christ in the poor that has increased our motivation to serve. This zeal is Jesus's life giving water that bubbles up joyfully inside us.
Question for Reflection... How can I let God's excitement be mine?
ONRC sprirituality workshop