No matter what era or even whether we went to a Catholic school, I suspect the teachers we remember most favorably were the ones who taught us to think.
The quick answer is… find a pair of rose-colored glasses.
Vincent grew beyond his original ministry zip code!
The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22)
A simple story that describes what it is like to be poor.
If Vincent had a secret sauce what might be the main ingredient?
We often read Acts 6 with a focus on the institution of the diaconate without realizing that the underlying problem was one of race, class, etc. Let’s read Acts 6 as a solution to the identity politics in the early church.
One example of a systemic change project comes from Madagascar, in the village of Jangany, where Fr. Tonino Cogoni, C.M. has been ministering for over twenty years.
What can we learn about being chang agents from imitating God’s model of bringing about a change in our ways of thinking?
We must think of the bigger picture beyond and own immediate needs and even beyond first aid measures as important as they are.
The graphic illustrates two common, but disastrous, attitudes.
Saint John Paul II said to Vincentians in 1986 “ …search out more than ever, with boldness, humility, and skill, the causes of poverty and encourage short and long-term solutions; adaptable and effective concrete solutions. By doing so, you will work for the...