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WORDS OF HOPE

A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL TACOMA-PIERCE
February 2018
 

Dear Vincentians,

Preparing for LENT

With Love & Prayer


We’re all familiar with the question: “What am I going to give up this year for Lent?”  Another question might be “Why am I giving up these things?”

As a way to set the stage for what we’re going to give up for Lent, let’s step back and look at an overall philosophy for spiritual growth.  To put it simply, the Church has always asked us to pay attention to three specific areas in our lives:    the upward, the inward, and the outward.

The upward aspect has to do with our relationship with the Lord.  It involves our commitment to prayer, scripture, the Holy Eucharist, repentance and staying focused looking to the Lord for our daily needs.

The inward aspect has to do with the state of our hearts.  Scripture often describes this aspect as the place where we face the struggle between the “old self” and the “new self”.  It’s in our inward lives that we say yes to the new self by embracing virtues like love, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion.

The outward aspect has to do with the way we care for the world around us.  It focuses on our relationships with our friends and loved ones and our relationship with the poor, the suffering, and the needy.  It focuses on evangelization and caring for those in need. As we become more aware of each of these three aspects, we’ll find ourselves becoming closer to the Lord, more aware of our behavior and more alert to the needs of those less fortunate.

As we enter this Lenten season, let’s ask the Lord to fill us with His love (upward).  Let’s ask Him to confirm all the good in our lives and give us the grace to resist sin (inward).  And let’s ask Him to give us a heart for the poor so that we can become like Jesus and answer the cry of the poor (outward).

In the Spirit of St. Vincent de Paul

        Bernadette Kalafatich

taken from Word Among Us



UPWARD: Can I make it a point as I pray to quiet my heart and try

to sense God’s love?

INWARD: Will I try to forgive people today, or will I let resentment get the upper hand?

OUTWARD: Can I become just a bit more loving toward others today?





Sr. Rosalie Rendu, Daughter of Charity,   Feb. 7th


Sr. Rosalie Rendu worked with Frederic Ozanam and the founding members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Paris, France.  She was known as the Mother Teresa of the Mouffetard Neighborhood (a very poor district) of Paris, and loved by rich and poor alike.  She worked tirelessly everyday visiting the sick and poor; and those she helped saw the face of Christ.

"Remember that the poor are more affected by the way assistance is given, than they are by the assistance itself."    Sr. Rosalie


“If you want someone to love you, you must be the first to love;

and if you have nothing to give, give yourself.”

~ Blessed Rosalie Rendu

 

“Si quieres que alguien te quiera, tú debes ser el primero en dar amor;

y si no tienes nada que dar, date a ti mismo.”

~ Beata Rosalia Rendu

Happy Feast Day of Blessed Rosalie Rendu!

 

¡Feliz Dia de la Beata Rosalia Rendu!


 


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