St. Vincent’s pastoral insight was “See, Judge and Act.” It all began with “Seeing”!
Long-term solutions take time… but are worth working for!
“To set people’s hearts on fire,” this is how Vincent described our vocation. Paul wrote to Timothy… and to these seven men… “I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you.”
Everyone wants structural change. Do we pray for it?
What would Vincent think about what this family could do today?
In listening to the hopes of others, walking at their pace, mentors are simply “paying forward” the blessing they had received.
St. Vincent and Saint Louise were keenly aware of a two-tiered society in their day
To be a missionary is to leave one’s proper world and one’s secure place in the world in order to enter the world of the other; it is to leave one’s place in order to enter the place of the poor and to accompany the poor with the gospel.
“Who moved my Cheese” is a parable that describes how people face change. It’s about 4 characters running around in a maze trying to locate their “cheese” or what is important to them.
(We learn about those we serve)… “not from books nor from the public platform, but in climbing the stairs to the poor man’s garret, sitting by his bedside, feeling the same cold that pierces him.” Frederic Ozanam
Jesus Mission statement is short. “Bring Good News to the poor.” Six words! They were the most powerful words in his life. What did these words mean to Saints Vincent and Louise? Us?
COVID 19 is by no means the only pandemic we face. We need to work together… That requires a culture of collaboration.
Some images don’t need captions. How would you caption this image?
I suspect you will feel moved, proud, and challenged by the words of Pope Saint John Paul II.
I confess Almost 250 years ago on July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress set in motion a major systemic change for the United States of America… also the whole world. We know it as “The Declaration of Independence.” I confess that until last year I had not read...
We haven’t been awake to how digital technology is changing the landscape of our lives.
Did this artist capture Vincent’s sprit? What do our tables usually look like?
Who is a VIncentian? Is it an organization, a mindset, a federation of religious organizations? Let me suggest that it is a way of looking at things shared by a number of people.
Do you think it is possible to capture the essence of Laudato SI in one cartoon or just five words?
Do we recognize this generation’s Frederic and friends in our midst today?
It’s common for people to perceive God is like the fatherly figures in their lives. I experienced my father as loving.
What might be “Socially Acceptable” and “Not Socially Acceptable” elements of “structural” racism.
Vincent changed his world by asking questions! What are our questions?
With the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we are all struggling to make sense of the past few weeks since the murder of George Floyd.
Gradually I became aware of the Body of Christ frozen in time in Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Pieta.
As you prepare to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, have you ever thought of how it provides the underpinnings for systemic change?
What do our tables say to us about whose lives matter?
It has been a journey from Trinity as a puzzle to Trinity as a model for my life.
“Respect for minorities is to be considered the touchstone of social harmony and the index of the civic maturity attained by a country and its institutions” St. John Paul II
The hardships of war emptied out the homes of the poor in Vincent’s day. How will we work for those driven from their homes today?