Vincentian Family

Watered down Resurrection doesn’t work

Jim Martin SJ has a thoughtful reflection  on Why a watered-down Resurrection doesn’t work. The Resurrection may be the hardest thing for people to accept about Christianity. Some agnostics embrace Jesus as a compassionate sage. Seekers, if they’re closer to belief, might even accept Jesus as a miracle worker–healing the sick, stilling storms, feeding crowds and the […]

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Saturday Study Hall – “Love creative unto infinity”

Within our Vincentian Family, we often cite the saying of St. Vincent: “Love is creative even to infinity” as a sort of rallying cry for adaptation.  But do we understand Vincent’s use of the phrase? Robert Maloney CM writes… “Ordinarily, we use this citation to motivate others to be creative pastorally, to respond to new […]

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Stations of the Cross in real life

Living Stations of the Cross - Connecting an ancient practice of remembrance with the suffering in today’s world Megan Fincher writes “On Good Friday, Jesus not only reveals that he is our Savior, but also, more subtly, that he is our Teacher. During his Passion, was he quietly teaching us not to mourn his death specifically, but […]

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Pope Francis prays the Way of the Cross

Every year, the pope asks a person or group of people to write the meditations that are read aloud during the nighttime torch-lit Good Friday ceremony, which he presides over. For 2014, Pope Francis picked Italian Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini of Campobasso-Boiano—a former factory worker, longtime prison chaplain, champion of the unemployed and fiercely outspoken […]

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Formation Friday – Vincentian Stations

The Stations reflect our service and our journey as Christians who love Christ and seek to serve Him in the poor. This is our mission as Vincentians. This is our mission as Catholics.  When we look into the eyes of the poor we see Your suffering Son, Your love and compassion. While meditating on each station, we […]

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holy week

Another version of “Who am I?” this Holy Week

On Palm Sunday the Pope asked us to think about who we would be as we encounter the many personalities in the scriptures of this week. Debbie of “Saints 365 – Striving for the heights of Holiness in the trenches of everyday life” presents some of our possible answers. Am I the Good Thief?… Simon?… Pilate… Peter… […]

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Washing the feet of women

Women and men were both participating in the ancient rite long before Pope Francis arrived on the scene. An article in  April 2014 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 79, No. 4, page 46) provides the history. In 1955, Pius XII reformed the liturgy to make foot washing part of the Holy Thursday Mass. Since the 14th century, it […]

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