First of all, thank you so much for your cooperation in this wonderful mission of the Church. I am sorry for not being present in person here today to talk about our mission. However, I am with you in the spirit and in the communion of prayer. Please forgive me!
As someone said, “Without mission, there is no Church.” Blessed John Paul II said, “For missionary activity renews the Church….. Faith is strengthened when it is given to others!” (RM, no.2).
For Vincentians, without going out to the world, Vincentians no longer exist! If you see a Vincentian, who doesn’t help the poor or work for the poor, he is no longer called a Vincentian.
At this moment, the province of Vietnam has 120 priests and nearly 200 seminarians who are studying philosophy and theology. We thank God for such a rich vocation!
What do we do in Vietnam?
The poor are our primary mission. We mostly work with the Montagnards, mountain people, called ethnic people. They come to Church and after attending the Sunday Masses, we feed them. For example, we cook Instant noodles, rice, corn, beans, etc. In other words, whatever we have in the rectory, we feed them. We share a cup of coffee, breakfast, lunch, or dinner with them. Besides this, we also provide tuition for the young kids, seeds for those who do agriculture, basic medicines, water containers, installing purified wells, building clinics, houses, etc.
To conclude my talk today, I would like to share a story. A beggar was asking for help at the corner. One day, a rich man stopped by, and the beggar thought that he would receive large amounts of money. However, instead of giving him some money, the rich man asked the beggar, “Do you have anything to give me?” Being indignant and angry at the rich man, the beggar opened his bag, picked a grain of rice, and gave it to the rich man. And then he walked away. Coming home that night, the beggar opened his bag and found a piece of pearl; he wished he had given the rich man a handful of rice instead of a tiny grain. If he had given to him a handful of rice, now he doesn’t need to go to beg anymore.
My friends, as Jesus tells us, “Those who ask, and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, and knock, and the door will be opened to you.” I knocked at your door, and you heard it. Now it’s your turn to respond. I know that your contribution is very small, but God will make such a tiny grain to be a piece of pearl. On behalf of the poor and all Vincentians in Vietnam, I am thankful to you for your generosity and support. God bless you all.
To support the CONGREGATION OF THE MISSION OF VIETNAM, please click on the button below to donate and either select your parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and/or type Group 2116 in the memo box. God bless!