My Father taught me about “Our Father”

At some level, I assumed all fathers were like my father. I have always loved and admired my father. Using the image of a loving father helped me understand God’s love.

The Power For Oneness (1 Cor 12: 12-13)

The motto on the great seal of the United States is the Latin “E Pluribus Unum.” It’s translated: “Out of the Many, One.”

Many Levels of Understanding

I never gave much thought to what is involved when I hear or ask the question, “Don’t you understand?”

Contemplation: Another Advocate

This post originally appeared on In 1833, President (and Spiritual Advisor) Emmanuel Bailly opened the first meeting of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul praying “Veni, Sancte Spiritus…” We continue this special devotion to the Holy Spirit today,...
Formation’s Scratchy Side

Formation’s Scratchy Side

Formation’s Scratchy Side (Isaiah 66:18-21; Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13) All of us entering this Vincentian Family have to go through what is known as “formation.” Formation: people being formed, shaped, molded – maybe better, being re-molded, re-shaped, and maybe even...

Hear, the Lord our God is Lord Alone

Way that Leads to Truth and Gives Life

Jesus guides our feet into the way of the Kingdom of God. Great crowds follow Jesus who is on his way to Jerusalem.  But quality is more important to him than quantity.  Hence, he lays out his demands in a disconcerting way. First, Jesus demands that those who seek...

Vincentian Self-worth

Vincentian Self-worth

Self-worth is not a phrase that would have been much discussed in the 17th century. You're not going to find it in the lexicon of St. Vincent. But the concept was not foreign to him. He knew that of human worth (and because of that, self-worth) was founded on what God...

A Vincentian View: Giving Your Best

A Vincentian View: Giving Your Best

A Vincentian View “Giving Your Best” I have been on vacation for the past two weeks.  I feel fortunate that these were the two weeks of the Olympic Games.  During the first week, I was with my two sisters and my brother’s family in Northboro, MA.  We spent much of the...