Vincentian Spirituality Resources
There is a beginning collection of Internet resources related to Vincentian Spirituality.
Dr. Dan Borlick has written of Vincentian Spirituality... "Many claim it a truly apostolic spirituality of Charity, for it continues to challenge thousands to a special identification with the poor in their search to be identified with Jesus Christ as "evangelizer of the poor.""
He poses the following questions:
- How does it relate to questions of justice?
- Does it help one to effectively address the root causes of poverty?
- How does it view the poor person? *
- Does it enable one to work with and/or challenge those who contribute to poverty?
- Or does a Vincentian spirituality content itself in treating the symptoms of the illness worldwide, rather than the disease itself?
- Does Vincentian spirituality perhaps even romanticize the poor, or use the poor in such a way to "fulfill" its practitioners without really transforming them? How does Vincentian spirituality consider its own economically strong organizations such as have the Vincentians and the Daughters of Charity?
- How can the relatively secure life of a middle-class professional, often seen as member of an elite class, in any way be truly changed or transformed through practice of such spirituality?
- How does such a spirituality underlying works of charity or evangelization or education, personal or institutional, truly recognize and respond to the poor – where are they as agents in their own process of liberation and evangelization, their own story of salvation?
- Where does the missionary’s personal experience of the poor enter in? and the poor’s experience of the missionary?