When St. Vincent asked “What must be done?” he looked beyond what was always done. Is there a better way of doing what we have always done?
Let’s leave everything to serve God and our neighbor. St. Vincent de Paul
”Laudato Si’ taught us that EVERYTHING is connected; ‘Fratelli Tutti’ teaches us that EVERYONE is connected.”
“I would like to invite you to go on a journey together… I am calling it a journey because it requires a shift, a change.” Pope Francis
How would Vincent answer a question about feeling hopless or useless during this time of pandemic?
If we can listen to one another with respect and belief in what is possible for them we will be taking the next step to making it possible for each of us to become more fully alive.
In a beautiful document on the call to human community, Pope Francis offers the “Good Samaritan” as a lens through which we can look at the many serious problems of a polarized and insensitive world.
We know Vincent heard the cries of the poor. Can we listen as Vincent did?
Pope Francis call us to explore together how our Catholic social tradition can help the human family heal this world that suffers from serious illnesses.
Pope Francis and St. Vincent spoke truth to power. What guidelines might be helpful consider in speaking truth to power?
What couldn’t we do if we got to know other branches of our Vincentian Family, especially in our local area?
“God is with us. This is the message of hope that we want to shout from the rooftops, that we want to beam over the airwaves, that we want to put on the front page of our publications and post on our social media accounts.”
A description of a change agent – “one who can make changes happen by inspiring and influencing others.” How does that fit you, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Vincentian Family?
Where and how do we today walk the back alleys of our world?
Do we have a “cafeteria mentality” when choosing what it means to be a Catholic?
Do we realize that personal transformation is the seed for systemic change?
What holds me back from doing what I can? Do I pray that we live this heritage today?
It has been written of Frederic Ozanam: “While innovators wore themselves out with theories for changing the world, these young men set about climbing up to the floors where the misery of the poor hid.”
How do offer I friendship, provide holistic service, and serve as advocates for those who are poor?
The juxtaposition of Labor Day (9/7) and the feast of Blessed Frederic (9/8) can give us much to pray about.
Michael Thompson, Bowie, MD, an affiliate of the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, USA offers his personal reflections on recent events in our country.
The kingdom is waking up to being sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters to one another. In a polarized world what could be a more radical change in consciousness?
Vincent saw the bigger picture than just that presented by an immediate need!
I am not aware of anyone writing about the impact of Zooming on the Vincentian Charism. I offer this “Mindwalk” as personal reflections.
Throughout a month-long celebration, the world’s 2.2 billion Christians come together to care for our common home.
Is there enough evidence for us to be convicted of being disciples of a “foot-washing” Jesus?
On the anniversary of the establishment of the Confraternities of Charity, I am struck by a still under the radar phenomenon springing up among Vincentian laity in various professions.
Have I ever thought of the difference between what is socially acceptable and not socially acceptable discrimination?
The explosion on 8/4 will be seared into the minds of every person in Lebanon. Beirut, with its estimated 300,000 homeless is almost already forgotten in world media.
To listen deeply requires paying attention not just to the words but to understand the whole person. Is that the way we listen to the cries of people who are poor?