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Pope Francis has released his first apostolic exhortation, titled Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)
It comes on the heels of Pope Francis first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), which he composed alongside Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. This exhortation, however, is his first solo teaching document as Pope.
NEW SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR FOR THE SOCIETY
New Zealand Vincentians are delighted to welcome Coadjutor Bishop Emeritus, the Most Reverend Owen John Dolan DD as their new Spiritual Director.
NEW NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
Frank Heffernan has been appointed to the role of National Vice President for the Society of St Vincent de Paul in New Zealand.
Frank brings years of experience within the Society and other national organisations and Boards.
Along with his energy, knowledge and “can do” spirit Frank has an excellent background for what is required to stay in touch with those living at the coalface. Frank also has also been blessed with many other gifts including his wonderful Irish ‘tenor’.
A PRAYER FOR A WELFARE WORKER
O God, sometimes I think I have the hardest job of all, because what I am really trying to do is make bad people good and to make foolish people wise – and it is a hard job.
Help me never to lose patience; never to abandon hope; never to regard anyone with loathing or contempt; never to stop caring.
Help me to always love the sinner, however much I hate the sin.
Help me always to try to understand what makes people act the way they do.
And help me sometimes to stop and think what I would be like, if I had had as much chance as some of them have had.
Make me always – sympathetic to failure; patient with folly; firm with shiftlessness; stern with cruelty; resolute against those who make vice and evil easier for others.
Help me to be wise enough to know – when to be kind and when to be stern; when to encourage and when to rebuke; when to give and when to refuse.
Above all, never let love grow cold within my heart.
Lord Jesus, You came to seek and to save that which was lost, and it is Your work that I am still trying to do.
Hear this my prayer for Your love's sake. Amen.
(More prayers for the Plain Man by William Barclay).
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