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Apostolic Reflection


According to Hugh O’Donnell, apostolic reflection is “a concrete instance of discernment.” It is the conviction that God is present in every person, in community gatherings, and in events. To engage in apostolic reflection, we must recognize that every community gathering is sacred and unique because it is made up of sacred, unique persons. Such reflection occurs when we share apostolic and spiritual experiences with each other. This sharing builds community, especially when members of a community are working in different ministries. It is a way of life. The different forms of apostolic reflection are explained. O’Donnell also discusses Benet of Canfield’s influence on Vincent de Paul’s apostolic reflection. Canfield taught Vincent to see God everywhere and to center himself on God’s will. Canfield’s definitions of the three aspects of God’s will are given.