For Vincent de Paul, prayer, the motivation for action, was necessary for community life and ministry. His thoughts on and method for prayer are expressed in the Rules for the Congregation and the Daughters of Charity. Prayer is the soul’s seeking of God, during which God shows the soul what to do. It provides strength for ministry and a means of measuring how well one is living according to God’s will. As experiences of God, prayer and action can sometimes be the same. Major “fruits of prayer,” characteristic attitudes of Vincentians and Daughters of Charity, are Interiority, the Presence of God, the Maxims of Christ, and Divine Providence.
Melito, Ignatius M. C.M.
"Saint Vincent’s Legacy: Prayer, The Soul of Ministry,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 2
, Article 1.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol2/iss1/1