Israel’s prophets talked, but their audiences didn’t listen. Little has changed in 3,000 years. Like the prophets of the Bible, anyone who tries this nowadays is likely to be ignored or derided at best, if not silenced in a variety of ways.
Each Approach Is Necessary
by John Freund, CM | Dec 9, 2020 | Formation, Reflections, Systemic change
An image each Vincentian should consider! It is a simple image of people imperiled by a river flooding out of control. Read on to learn how a Franciscan uses that image to explore various approaches to saving people.
How a Baby Changes Everything
by John Freund, CM | Dec 2, 2020 | Formation, Reflections, Systemic change
A baby changes everything. Never was that truer than in the birth of the one we call Jesus of Nazareth. The birth of Jesus literally changed everything for everyone.
What’s With This “New Thing” Called Systemic Change?
by John Freund, CM | Sep 5, 2018 | Formation, Reflections, Systemic change
Let’s be clear! Systemic Change goes back to Vincent’s earliest days at Chatillon when he organized the relief efforts for the sick family. What is new is our rediscovery of our Vincentian heritage.
The Miracle of Seeing
by John Freund, CM | Aug 29, 2018 | Formation, Reflections, Systemic change
The miracle of seeing! What a miracle seeing is! So often it is taken for granted by those who can see. Lose your sight even just temporarily and your world changes. Technology is working miracles today, technology is helping the "blind" to see. But technology can...
The Day St. Vincent Shifted from Retail to Wholesale
by John Freund, CM | Aug 24, 2018 | Formation, Systemic change
Four hundred years later the story St. Vincent’s sermon at Chattilon is still being told. But it is a story with even wider implications. The story of that sermon at Chatillon is the foundation story for what we call today systemic change.
The Limits of Pope Francis’ Imagery
by John Freund, CM | Aug 22, 2018 | Formation, Reflections, Systemic change
Pope Francis’ Imagery and the Vincentian “Both/And”
The Pot Roast Principle and Change
by John Freund, CM | Aug 15, 2018 | Formation, Reflections, Systemic change
Generations have done the same thing in spite of the fact there was no longer any necessity for doing it that way. It was just “the way I have always done it.”
Lord, Teach Us to Think Anew!
by John Freund, CM | Aug 8, 2018 | Formation, Reflections, Systemic change
Are we ready to leave the box of our normal thinking and to find the opportunity that lies disguised in this challenge? Show us the truth that will set us free.
by John Freund, CM | Aug 1, 2018 | Formation, Reflections, Systemic change
Are we too close to those we serve that we are near-sighted? There systemic are change issues that a clear-sighted servant/shepherd needs to be alert to.
Systemic change challenges us to mission
by John Freund, CM | Jul 25, 2018 | Formation, Poverty: Analysis and Responses, Systemic change
Mission challenges us to systemic change Systemic Change is something radical. It does what it says: The prophet Jeremiah: “This day I set you over nations and over kingdoms, to root up and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to plant” (Jr...
Why Did Pope Francis Make 10 Startling Statements?
by John Freund, CM | Jul 18, 2018 | Formation, Justice and Peace, Reflections, Systemic change
Pope Francis has a knack for making startling statements that catch people’s attention.