On Pentecost, they received the gift of God’s Spirit and they realized they had a mission to accomplish. Pentecost changed them… but not fully. As we have seen in the readings of the Acts of the Apostles they still had a lot to learn about their mission.
As we approach the celebration of the feast of St. Louise perhaps we can rediscover a forgotten truth about the collaboration between Louise and Vincent.
Some forgotten truths about Vincent and first steps in reclaiming.
I invite “every member of the Vincentian Family to take one very concrete step; that is, every member is to bring one new candidate to one of the branches of the Vincentian Family.” An ecological approach to vocations.
We all know of the serenity prayer. How did Vincent and our models in the Vincentian Family live the serenity prayer? How can we?
Pope Francis, in his recent writing explaining everyday holiness tells us “Hungering and thirsting for righteousness: that is holiness.”
Life happens in seasons. God does not waste seasons. What can I learn from the seasons of life of those who inspire me?
When things are important to us we pray. Perhaps we should ask when was the last time we prayed for the success of systemic changes?
Is your dream still alive? How would you put it in words?
Why do we feed, clothe and house the marginalized over and over?
“Do you understand what I have done for you?”… I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. … Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13: 11-17
In asking “Has Your Experience of Holy Week Changed Over the Years?” would you be surprised to look back and see that it has?
We just marked two anniversaries – the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis and the 400th anniversary of the Vincentian charism or way of following Christ the Evangelizer of the Poor. What are the lessons for us?
A Vincentian reading of “If you See Something, Say Something.” Being the voice of the Voiceless.
“The only difference between a saint and a sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
The story of the sermon at Châtillon is not only the foundation story of the Ladies of Charity, it is the foundation for what we call today systemic change.
What are the events in our lives that open our eyes to spiritual poverty? What are the events that bring us face to face with physical sufferings we tend to be blind to?
Vincent showed us how to change systems St. Vincent showed us how to do systemic change… but he did not leave a formal manual or even call it "systemic change." Vincent was not what would today be called a "systems thinker.” Vincent was what I call a “systems doer.”...
Two venerable Vincentian voices speak to us from the past on almsgiving. Do you recognize them? What do they say about seeing the person to whom you offer alms?
Do any of the following characteristics fit you? You might be surprised by what it says about you.
Lent is a time of waking up. Vincentian Lent is waking up using St. Vincent de Paul’s spiritual exercises of the the five virtues.
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.
Heeding the call to conversion that translates into being servants of hospitality and communion and belonging brings with it tension. But this tension is part and parcel of the Gospel challenge to wake up to belonging. Let’s be the bridge to belonging.
Personal and societal systemic change come together!
Ultimately our mission as followers of Christ the Evangelizer of the poor is to help our brothers and sisters across the finish line of awareness that we are brothers and sisters because we are sons and daughters of God.
What is the “state of systemic change” in the Vincentian Family?
One of St. Vincent’s benefactors turned to Vincent de Paul and asked: “what must be done?” Often referred to as the "Vincentian Question," this question has shaped the Vincentian mission ever since. I was reminded of this when a read some commentary on the Women’s...
Telling our success stories is a key to moving past the impasse of “no margin-no mission" Mission or Margin "No Margin, No Mission” is frequently heard in non-profit circles, especially from those charged with safeguarding the long-term viability of a non-profit. The...
“They (people in poverty) look just like you and me.” The sentence caught me.
Who do you think said it? Pope Francis? Maybe St. Vincent? When were these words uttered? Within the past month? Year?