What is most important to you – your nation, culture, class, race, gender — or first and foremost being in God and a new and international community of God’s people?
Is the Church like a closet where we wistfully keep things from the past, a dreary chamber filled only with us, our problems and our disappointments? Then it will be impossible to recognize God’s silent and unassuming presence.
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “Before dinner, make the examination of conscience… on the resolutions you took at meditation…”
Vincent and Louise were at best an improbable couple. We are blessed to know the outcomes of the 35-year intersection of these two lives.
Do we understand “Body of Christ”? If we do would it challenge our way of thinking and the systems we live with?
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “The practice of your vocation consists in the frequent remembrance of the presence of God.”
For me, it has been a journey from thinking of the Trinity as a puzzle to be solved to realizing the Trinity is a model for my life.
For over twenty years we have been living in the very early stages of a “digital revolution.” We are just now beginning to realize how this digital revolution is impacting every facet of our lives.
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “Remember that when you leave meditation and Holy Mass to serve poor persons, you lose nothing…”
It could be said that we are living in a culture of adjectives that forgets about the nouns that name the reality of things. But also a culture of the insult as the first reaction to any opinion that I do not share.
Magdalena puts a face on the problem. But where is that place and is it possible to follow the guidelines we have been hearing. The story of one woman who is affected.
People experiencing poverty have an expertise that can not be taught in a classroom. They know their situation from the inside. They understand many dimensions of poverty that may not occur to us.
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “Go to Holy Mass every day, but do so with deep devotion…”
The question “why are you looking at the sky?” is addressed to us today. Today, we are those dazed apostles looking up rather than within and around ourselves.
“… create a Family that looks to the past for inspiration, but is also eager to create a vibrant innovative collaborative future in the service of the most abandoned.” Fr. Robert Maloney
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “Take care to give an account of your prayer as soon as possible after making it.”
Three words sum up Mary’s attitude: listening, decision, action. They are words that point out a way for us too as we face what the Lord asks of us in life. Listening, decision, action. (Pope Francis)
We are people with a mission…to do what Jesus did. Pople who use the skills of their profession in frontline “field hospitals” or mobilize those who are committed to “seeking long-term solutions.”
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “Another means of placing ourselves in the presence of God is to imagine ourselves before the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar.”
Can we recognize Joseph, “the quiet one,” as the model for far more than just carpenters?
Think about the hot button issues of the day: Police reform, Climate change, Poverty, Homelessness, Election reform, Systemic racism, #metoo… Tou name it. People are calling for more than just quick but temporary fixes. People are calling for systemic reform.
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “You see, Sisters, even though we don’t see God, faith teaches us that His holy presence is everywhere…”
I am not an Ethiopian at the beginning of a thousand-mile journey. Actually, I am on a lifelong journey of trying to “put on the mind of Christ,” to see things as Jesus, the stranger in my life, sees them.
There are things we see but don’t pay attention to.
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “When you’ve finished dressing and have made your bed, you’ll begin your mental prayer.”
Whatever the anniversary, it gives us a chance to look back over the years since the event we’re marking, and reflect on how it has shaped us.
When will we really buy into the systemic change of thinking Jesus came to show us?
St. Vincent told the Daughters of Charity: “The first thing you should do when you’ve risen and have begun to dress is to kneel down and adore God.”
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.