Few things were as important as prayer in St. Vincent’s mind. Speaking to the missionaries, he declares:
Give me a man of prayer and he will be capable of everything. He may say with the apostle, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” The Congregation will last as long as it faithfully carries out the practice of prayer, which is like an impregnable rampart shielding the missionaries from all manner of attack.
St. Vincent states quite forcefully on a number of occasions that the failure to rise early in the morning to join the community in prayer will be the reason why missionaries fail to persevere in their vocation.
– Robert P. Maloney, CM