Vincent serves as a prime example of what Pope Francis calls an “open-eyed mystic”… whose prayer led to action and whose action led to prayer.
Visitors to the Vincentian Family website are obviously familiar with the concept of the Vincentian Family. But how many of us think of the Vincentian Family as a Movement?
“Keep things that spark joy and get rid of the rest” is the mantra of people seeking to declutter their lives. What sparked joy in St. Vincent and St. Louise?
Jean Vanier changed the attitude of the world to people we might arrogantly label as handicapped. St. Vincent changed the attitude of so many in France towards the poor.
Our images change over time. Sometimes others never get past the images and roles we had earlier in life. Other times they come to appreciate things they did not see earlier or traits we only developed later. Might that apply to our images of Mary?