Looking at Jesus through the eyes of a Jewish person or a Gentile.
Over the next several weeks the liturgy, drawing from the Acts of the Apostles, presents selected stories of ordinary people who coped with severe polarization some 2,000 years ago.
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “Saint Paul tells you how much you lose when the first thoughts of your mind are filled with anything other than God.”
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “…Your first thought should be of God: thank Him for having preserved you during the night…”
On Palm Sunday will I be waving the palm branches of my blind spots or holding high the cross of God’s universal love?
For a variety of reasons, we sometimes can not see what is right before our eyes.
St. Vincent tells the Daughters of Charity the first good thing to think about upon waking up each morning.
It is a shame that most people only hear polarized pundits cherry-picking from a select few paragraphs, or even just footnotes, in what in reality is an inspiring document describing and addressed to the real family of today.
“All God’s people carry within themselves the same potencies that energized the early Christian movement…”
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “So, dear Sisters, let’s see how you should spend the twenty-four hours that make up the day…”
Do others experience God’s love for them mirrored by our lives? Is it any wonder that Jesus speaks of the final judgement in terms of what we do for the unrecognized, bruised and broken Christ in our midst?
Jesus was in prison. How many innocent persons suffer unjust condemnation or maltreatment in the name of justice or expediency?
If we lose proof of who we are and the joys and sorrows of our lives, something very precious is gone.
I need to remember that while I can’t do everything, I must do something.
What enabled Vincent to keep his lamps lit in the face of tragedy? What can we learn from him?
Pope Francis, in “Envisioning and engendering an Open World,” presents a world where we move beyond the original fault of self-centeredness to recognizing the worth of every human person.
“Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war. May our hearts be open to all the peoples and nations of the earth.”
“… When one has experienced in oneself weaknesses and tribulations, one is more sensitive to those of others.”
At the beginning of Lent, we have an opportunity to think about where we are heading on the journey of our life. In his Lenten letter, Pope Francis reminds us that Lent is a journey to Easter.
A Vincentian priest has made it his life’s work to “go out to the margins” of society and try to restore dignity to the “living scraps” of a “throwaway culture”. Pedro Opeka CM, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize… again.
“How beautiful it is to see poor people if we consider them in God and with the esteem in which Jesus Christ held them!” – St. Vincent
Can we recognize ourselves as modern “passers-by”?
At first glance, it may seem like quite a stretch to connect Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day and Systemic Change. But hear me out. Actually, it is not that hard.
How do those who are poor “send us back to our poverty”?
A quick foray into various styles of conflict resolution suggests that there are two major concerns underlying how people approach conflict- concern for self (assertiveness) and concern for others (empathy).
Since last October Jesus’ “story” has found a home in my heart to a degree I never expected. And it is all Pope Francis’ fault! I can no longer tame the shock of the story. What a challenge to change my way of thinking.
God grant us the grace to see things as you do!
An environment of survival withers the hearts of our elderly, taking away their ability to dream. In this way, it cripples the prophecy that our young are called to proclaim and work to achieve.
There is no doubt in my mind that the earth is a globe revolving in space! So how could I be a “flat-earther”?
One of the forgotten truths about Vincent is that he never allowed himself to be trapped in ministerial silos. Rather, he was skilled in engaging a wide spectrum of people.