From the Deacon’s Desk:  Prayer and Inspirational Thoughts

This week we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity – God’s perfection!  We are at the very core of God’s Love. We are made in the image of God, Through the Trinity, God helps to draw us in. In the sign of the cross, the doxology, the creed, we embrace it and make it a part of who we are.  Starting at the very earliest stage – Baptism – we immerse ourselves into the Trinity.  It was once said, “The Sacrament of Baptism drops us not only into water but also into the Trinity and the Trinity takes up residence in us.”  We are called to bring God into our lives.  Especially now, as we struggle with so many challenges in our country.   Through scripture, through our prayers, through our liturgies we are continually drawn into relationship.  He invites us into his very presence – he wants to share his life with us and he wants us to share our lives with him.  Through his miracles, he reminds us of his deep love for us.  And through the sacraments, he graces us beyond belief – especially in the Eucharist –that we may touch his face and yearn for more!  The Trinity and the Eucharist are God’s perfected love calling to us to embrace and reflect that love in the face of chaos, fear and suffering.

As Vincentians, we are called to see God’s love in the Trinity, in the Eucharist and in our neighbors in need.  We are called to set aside our fears as St. Vincent did his. Together we lift up one another and we lift up the poor.  When we do, we see the grace of the Trinity and the very presence of God in those we minister to.  As we minister to those in need, we do so each bringing our unique gifts to complement one another.  When we support and love one another as Vincentians in all that we do, that love and caring translates into more holistic and complete care for our neighbors.  And we provide a model of loving support for them to witness just as the Trinity does for us.  How do we spend time and effort focusing on love for one another as Vincentians, that we may support one another in our ministry?

God our Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; we bask in the glory and radiance of your love shared with us.  Give me the wisdom and courage to cooperate with my fellow Vincentians in a loving and harmonious fashion that we might extend compassionate love to all those we minister to.  Allow us to join in true friendship driven by a spirit of humility, simplicity, gentleness and selflessness that our actions might effectively reflect the love you share with us.  I pray all of this in your Son’s name.  Amen