15 Days of Prayer with Saint Vincent de Paul

15 Days of Prayer with Saint Vincent de Paul

by Jean-Pierre Renouard, John E. Rybolt, C.M.

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BN ID: 2940011865749
Publisher: New City Press NY
Publication date: 09/10/2010
Series: 15 Days of Prayer , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 405 KB

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Jean-Pierre Renouard, a Vincentian, has devoted more than forty years of his priestly life to spiritual formation and Vincentian spirituality. For several years he directed the Vincentian Center at the Berceau de Saint Vincent de Paul, Vincent's birthplace.

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CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
This new entry in the 15 Days of Prayer series, like those before it, is designed to bring readers to a place of prayer and a more intimate relationship with God. In this case, John-Pierre Renouard's reflections on the life of St. Vincent de Paul are the medium. He begins with a brief biography of Monsieur Vincent, whom he describes as a giant of charity and an authentic mystic for whom contemplation was the vital life force. Vincent was born in France in 1581 and died in 1660. His legacy includes more than 30,000 letters and a spiritual family that today numbers 4,000 Vincentian priests and brothers, 25,000 Daughters of Charity, 260,000 women members of the International Association of Charities, 930,000 members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and 200,000 participants in Vincentian Marian Youth groups. In the 15 Days format, Renouard writes of Vincent's faith, priesthood, and daily life. The overarching theme is his devotion to the poor. The title for the eleventh day is "To Leave God for God," and the focus is on maintaining balance amid competing values and expectations. Renouard quotes Vincent's remarks on the topic in five different conferences to the Daughters of Charity. One illustration has a sister's prayer time being interrupted by a request to care for a sick or poor person. Leaving prayer to answer God's call to charity is all right, Vincent tells the sisters. "God calls you to make your prayer, and at the same time He calls you to that poor, sick person. That's called leaving God for God." At other times Vincent used examples of choosing charity over attending Sunday Mass and meditating. In each case he told the sisters the service of the poor must be preferred over everything else. Renouard concludes the day's reflection by asking us to think about our lives and accomplishments. There is only one universal criterion that should weigh on your soul, he writes, and it is found in the Gospel: "you have done it to me." With its guidelines for use, short meditations, and reflection questions, 15 Days of Prayer with Saint Vincent de Paul is a valuable resource for individuals and faith-sharing groups.