St. Vincent doesn’t offer us a spirituality, a teaching on prayer or the spiritual life as you would normally think of it. He offers us a Spiritual Way. He shows us how we can meet our God in everyday experiences, in the events, the persons, the circumstances of our life. His way is the way of the Church, a way of experience, of faith, of practical wisdom…all embraced in a spirit of love.
A Way of Charity
Vincent experienced true charity – the love that led God to send His Son among us…”to bring the Good News to the poor”.
A Way of Mission
Vincent responded to God’s love and call, and saw himself and his followers as being sent also ”to bring the Good News to the poor”.
A Way of Prayer in Action
For Vincent, prayer was a way of developing and deepening a personal relationship with God, with Jesus Christ. Vincent experienced God in his life. He had a deep faith and trust in God’s providential care for him and for all people, especially the poor. He encouraged his followers to share their faith, their experience of God in prayer and in their life experience.
A Way of Practical Love
Vincent encouraged his followers to be contemplative in action, to respond to God in practical love both of God and one’s neighbours, practical love, especially of the poor.