Last January J. Patrick Murphy, CM presented me with a pre-publication copy of a little book he had just completed － “Mr. Vincent” － which you can download here. He wrote “My purpose here is to show in a few pages how much Vincent accomplished and how much we can learn from the master to make a difference in this world.”
I read it immediately, was intrigued by its Vincentian simplicity and directness. Then over the next few weeks, I found myself reflecting on the various lessons he offered. I wrote an initial reflection on Vincent and Mentors. I asked for feedback about whether people might be interested in more reflections on other themes.
At times the series went beyond the reflections based on J. Patrick Murphy’s specific suggestions. So occasionally they reflected the events of the day from a Vincentian perspective.
Here we are some six months and more than 25 reflections later. A new series is about to begin October 8. I thought it would be a fitting conclusion to this project to collect the reflections in one place. It is my hope they stimulate you as much as they have me.
- Vincent and mentors
- There must be a path here
- How can I make a difference
- Vincent and Oskar Schindler
- Tipping points – Siddhartha, Vincent, Ozanam… and you
- SVDP introduces bold culture transformation initiative
- What would Vincent do today? – wrong question!
- Do Vincentians have the smell of sheep?
- When am I most the image and likeness of God?
- The value of vulnerability… and eye openers
- How St. Vincent went from retail to wholesale
- What was it like to learn from Vincent?
- Following Vincent – “Wherever He Went Good Things Happened”
- St. Vincent, Kevin Spacey and sending the elevator back down
- Vincent – balancing basics
- GO To Where The Need Is
- Vincent, Frederic, the Dreams of Youth and WYD
- Pay attention to your experiences!
- Doing the Next Right Thing
- Navigating the Realities of the Business World
- Vincent Could Tell a Good Story
- Collaboration Between Two Exceptional People
- Take Care of your Co-Workers Labor Day
- Ever Written Something You Have Regretted?
- Am I Open to Be Mentored?
- Why bother with a man who lived 400 years ago?
I hope you enjoy them. But above all, I encourage you to use your knowledge of his life and reflect on what Vincent might suggest about the events of your life.
Is anyone interested in doing a similar series on lessons from Louise, Frederick and any of our other wisdom figures? Contact .famvin!