All of us in the Vincentian Family need the help of our brothers and sisters in faith in order to steadily progress in the Christian life and in an authentic Vincentian vocation.
The advisor is a servant but is also a disciple. For this reason the advisor must not place him/herself within a group as the supreme source of all wisdom. The advisor has things to learn as well. Though the advisor may be a vowed religious person, they will still find, within a lay Vincentian institution, many members who, by their example and often by their words, give the advisor beautiful lessons on what it means to be Christian and have a Vincentian spirit. The advisor, who is servant and disciple, must be ready to learn from the group with true humility.
-Rev. J. Corera, Session for Advisors of the Vincentian Family, Paris, 2002
Louise de Marillac listened to her sisters. In her life we read: “She won their hearts by her gentleness and affability, and gave them liberty to speak to her without ever letting it be seen that they were troubling her, even when she had to leave her prayers or her other occupations.” When several girls came to speak to her at the same time on different subjects, she answered each one calmly and with evenness of disposition. Although it was sometimes very inconvenient for her, she never said anything, which might suggest they should leave her in peace.
-Elizabeth Charpy DC, Session for Advisors of Vincentian Family, Paris, 2002
“Listen to me…pay attention, come to me. Listen and your soul shall live.” Is 55:2-3
What challenges me in the writings above?
What commitments do I wish to make?