In the second of a series of three videos, Fr Tomaz Mavrič, CM invites us to focus our reflection on three objects that belonged to St. Vincent de Paul: his cape, his hat and his shoes. Today we present the second: his cape. This presentation comes with reflection questions and context provided by famvin.org.
Relics are not “magic” objects … it would be blasphemous to believe that these objects retain some kind of special power. They are indeed privileged memories of a saint: they tell us about his life and his work, and how we are called to continue imitating Jesus Christ, servant of the poor, thanks to the example of these remarkable Christians.
In this second video, Fr. Tomaz Mavrič, CM invites us to contemplate the cape of Saint Vincent with the eyes of faith:
Fr. Tomaz Mavrič, CM tells us:
Vincent de Paul’s cover, which accompanied him so many years, going around and doing good.
What a sign of complete abandonment, not thinking of oneself, but living his vows, one’s vows to the fullest: poverty, obedience, chastity. Being totally given for the mission and to persevere in the end.
How strongly this cover also speaks to us, this relic. We bow in front of them, in front of it with a prayer for each one of us, for all the members of the Vincentian Family, for new vocations to the priesthood, to the brotherhood, to the consecrated life. Jesus is calling and through the intercession of you, Saint Vincent, we ask for the intercession to keep walking, to make our dream a reality. It was Jesus’s dream. It was your dream, Vincent. It is our wish and our dream today to make this globalization of charity a reality.
Video courtesy of CMglobal YouTube Channel, based on an idea by Fr. Luigi Mezzadri, CM, and directed by Piotr Dziubak.