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What if it Was Your Neighborhood?

Watch LET ME IN starring Alicia Keys. There are more refugees in the world today than at any point in history. And half of them are children. LET ME IN is a cinematic experience which reimagines the refugee crisis as if it was happening on America’s shores. Written and directed by Jonathan Olinger, this tale […]

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Open Your Eyes • A Music Video

I’m going to show my age (60). Bursting on the music scene out of Queens, New York in the mid-seventies, The Ramones are probably punk rock’s best known band. Punk stripped down the rock music genre to its bare essentials, and a sub-group of this movement began to produce music with a distinct “societal critique” […]

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#famvin400 Unseen Changes, Unseen Pain

Alienation makes for a different type of stranger. There are unseen wounds. Lyrics It’s hard to have strength when there’s nothing to eat And it’s hard to eat when you don’t have the teeth And how, when you lose the one thing you love There’s nothing below and there’s nothing above. I’ve been going through […]

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#famvin400 Learning the Resilience of the Poor

How is it that some people who are poor have such resilience? I come from a show business background: the theatre. From the artist’s pen comes music and lyrics that touch the human experience. Listen to this haunting song from “The Color Purple” by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis. Lyrics Celie I don’t […]

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#famvin400 Breaking the Code of Silence

Reconciliation in the Anniversary Year When people are hurt, they shut down, they have entered another kind of deep poverty. They pray, and sometimes there’s no answer. People adopt a Code of Silence because they are afraid. Vincentians are called to serve body and spirit. Listen to this Bruce Springsteen song. It’s not “religious” but […]

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Firm in the Faith

We live the faith in community, sure that the Spirit is with us. This song is in Spanish, but the words follow below. It’s well worth a listen. Lyrics: Let’s Go! Join us! Give me your hand and sing!, Come here! He comes with us encouraging our steps in faith. I say brother/sister, listen!: Live […]

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