Reflections

Protecting the Children • A Weekly Reflection with Ozanam

One is terrified, and rightly, by that multitude of children growing up for disorder and for crime, with no other education than the examples of the theatre and the temptations of the public square. It is not well known that in district 12, four thousand boys and...

Distraction to Insight

I was implicitly taught to regard that as a distraction from focusing on the Body of Christ I just received. Suddenly, with insight, I became grateful for this “distraction”!  What changed?

Bottom Land (Mt 5:21)

We all know the phrase, “getting to the bottom of it.” It means digging down beneath the outside appearances to the inner core of something

Heard any Shocking Statements?

Heard any really “shocking statements” in the last 24 hours?

What about our Muslim students?

What about our Muslim students?

What about our Muslim students? This is a question Sr. Annelle Fitzpatrick CSJ, raises in the context of a forthcoming article in Vincentian Heritage. In “HOSPITALITY ON A VINCENTIAN CAMPUS: WELCOMING THE STRANGER OUTSIDE OUR TENT” she explores practical approaches to...

Evangelize the poor with certainty

Evangelize the poor with certainty

Jesus has been sent to evangelize the poor. God anointed him with the Spirit for this mission. But to evangelize is not something “spiritual” in the sense of “unreal” or “useless” even. To evangelize is not just to announce the Gospel by word and in an abstract...

Hannah’s Prayer – Fr. Tom McKenna

Hannah’s Prayer – Fr. Tom McKenna

Fr. Tom Mckenna offers this reflection on Hannah’s Prayer     (I Samuel 1:9-20) In a talk on the spirituality of the Twelve Steps, the speaker told a story of a woman who was being swept along in a powerful ocean current. She was a swimmer and so at first wasn’t...

Let God In

Let God In

Let God In - Called by Name - Forgive and ask for Forgiveness - Ordinary Time Vincentian Day of Prayer and Fast – Tuesday January 19, 2016 Dear Vincentian Family- Please pray and serve with Mercy in this Jubilee year.  Pray for our clergy, religious and seminarians. ...

A Vincentian View: Dwelling in the Lord’s House

Personal judgment

In his weekly series "Considering Consecrated Life" Father Pat Griffin reflects on Personal Judgment. At the daily Eucharist during this past week, the First Book of Samuel provided the first reading.  We heard the interesting story of the origin and commissioning of...

Hannah’s Prayer – Fr. Tom McKenna

Reading the Signs: Dark or Light?

In this reflection, written for a celebration of the feast of the Epiphany Fr. Tom McKenna offers thoughts on how do I understand this particular story -- how am I reading the signs -- that is so outside my usual way of looking at the world? You could look on this...

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