January 25: Congregation of the Mission

In January 1617 Vincent […] was asked to go to Gannes, a village that was part of the de Gondi estate, in order to hear the confession of a dying man… The sick man confessed and then in the presence of all those who accompanied Vincent (Madame de Gondi was part of this group) publicly stated that if it had not been for that confession he would have been condemned since for many years he had been embarrassed to confess his sins honestly. … the following week Vincent would go to Folleville and preach on the need to make a general confession… Later, Vincent would say that that sermon was the first sermon of the mission and he considered the date, January 25, 1617, as the day on which the Congregation was born.”

from an article by José María Román, CM

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December 8: Immaculate Conception

Fr. Corpus Delgado, C.M., writes: “…the presence of Mary is abundant, clear and solid in the experience of St. Louise. In the Vincentian Family, we cannot neglect drawing from this wellspring.” and “Within the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, St. Vincent saw the humble and chaste Virgin, emptied of herself so as to welcome God and allow herself to be filled with God.” Read more and view a video

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