5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

Saints in Mercy
St Vincent de Paul

The Apostle of Charity

 

We continue our Saints in Mercy series this week with St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. In 1597, he began his studies in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Toulouse. The atmosphere at the university was anything but pious or conducive to spiritual contemplation. Fights broke out between various factions of students which escalated into armed battles.

 

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Fill Your Heart with Faces & Names!

“Every human being is the object of God’s infinite tenderness, and he himself is present in their lives. Jesus offered his precious blood on the cross for that person. Appearances notwithstanding, every person is immensely holy and deserves our love. Consequently, if I can help at least one person to have a better life, that already justifies the offering of my life. It is a wonderful thing to be God’s faithful people. We achieve fulfillment when we break down walls and our heart is filled with faces and names!

 

- Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium

 

Reflection: Our lives are amazing gifts, especially when we give them to others. Think about one small but merciful action you can make today that could brighten someone’s day. Fill your heart with faces and names!

 
 
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Saints in Mercy • St Vincent de Paul

Nevertheless, he continued his studies and was able to help pay for his education by tutoring others. Vincent’s interest in the priesthood at that time, was largely with the intent to establish a successful career and obtain a benefice, with which he could retire early and support the family.

In 1612, Vincent served as chaplain and tutor to the Gondi family. While preaching a mission to the peasants in the Gondi estates, Vincent was persuaded that he should direct his efforts to the poor. After working for some time in Paris among imprisoned galleyslaves, he returned to be the leader of what is now known as the Congregation of the Mission, or the “Vincentians”. These priests, with vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability, were to devote themselves entirely to the people in smaller towns and villages. Vincent died in Paris on 27 September 1660.

In summary, if we take the side of those who are living in misery, then as Vincentians we cannot respond with true mercy to the needs of the men and women who are poor unless we first penetrate the mechanisms that produce poverty, marginalization and exclusion unless we attempt to make the “structures of sin” and the “evil mechanisms” a thing of the past. Let us leave open the door that leads to hope as in every previous era, there are countless men and women who are ministering and struggling in the Church in order to keep alive the spirit of Vincent de Paul.

 

 


 

Come join us for Divine Mercy chaplets at the following times: Daily at 6:45pm (Chapel), Sat 5pm (Main Church) and Mandarin devotion every 4th Sun of the month, 12:15pm (Chapel).


Ash Wednesday • 10 February 2016

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.

 


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For an organised group tour of the Church, please contact us at 6583 3378 or e-mail secretariat@divinemercy.sg to make an appointment.

 

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