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Journey of Vincent

Vincent de Paul was born in France in 1581 during a time not unlike today: a time marred by war, disease, and poverty.

The Christ of St. Vincent

The Christ of St. Vincent is the Christ of Luke. He is the Christ who evangelizes the poor.

“… In Name Only”?

Do we have a “cafeteria mentality” when choosing what it means to be a Catholic?

Shadow Pandemic

In this time of sheltering in place as a result of COVID-19, what is happening “in the shadows” is an increase in domestic violence.

Branded in Christ

The Baptism of the Lord (A), January 12, 2014 – Is 42, 1-4. 6-7; Acts 10, 34-38; Mt 3, 13-17 All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ (Gal 3, 27) Jesus is the son and servant of the Lord.  He gets branded, so to speak, as he is...

What do I smell like?

Epiphany of the Lord (A), January 5, 2014 – Is 60, 1-6; Eph 3, 2 - 3a. 5-6; Mt 2, 1-12 Come down quickly (Lk 19, 5) It is not enough for us to know Jesus at the level of the intellect.  There ought to be a deep intimacy between the Master and us. Herod the Great says...

Not cursing the darkness

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (A), December 29, 2013 – Sir 3, 2-6. 12-14; Col 3, 12-21; Mt 2, 13-15. 19-23 The light shines in the darkness (Jn 1, 5) Providence never abandons believers during nights of doubts and dangers.  For those with faith, the menacing...

Short-term or long-term?

Fourth Sunday of Advent (A), December 22, 2013 – Is 7, 10-14; Rom 1, 1-7; Mt 1, 18-24 A sign for you:  an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger (Lk 2, 12) God urges us to ask for a sign, even one that is extraordinary.  But we do not like signs too...

Yes and no

Third Sunday of Advent (A), December 15, 2013 – Is 35, 1-6a. 10; Jas 5, 7-10; Mt 11, 1-11 Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no (Jas 5, 12) Jesus and his co-workers attend to the needs of people of all kinds.  This proves that Isaiah’s prophecy about the messianic...

The news is good

Second Sunday of Advent (A), December 8, 2013 – Is 11, 1-10; Rom 15, 4-9; Mt 3, 1-12 Put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 13, 14) The kingdom of God is at hand.  And since no one can endure the day of the Lord’s coming, we have to repent. We affirm the royal presence “in...

Vincentian vigilance

First Sunday of Advent (A), December 1, 2013 – Is 2, 1-5; Rom 13, 11-14; Mt 24, 37-44 Gird your loins and light your lamps (Lk 12, 35) If we remember, in whatever we do, the end of our life, we will never sin (Sir 7, 36).  The future will not catch us off guard if we...

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