St. Vincent instinctively realized the role of laypersons in bringing about systemic change.
A recent voter reflects on one of the most dangerous passages of the New Testament. – the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Vincent and Louise de Marillac were deeply committed to the education and moral formation of young people living on the streets or in dire conditions.
Systemic change does not just happen. It takes the collaboration of many people with different gifts. Each of us has a role in the chorus.
Yes, stories are wonderful for capturing attention. But I also learned that stories often just capture a moment in time. Narratives are about a movement over time and speak to our worldview. To that degree, they engage and motivate us.
The gift of a closing prayer drawn from nature.
The best way to help the poor is to respect them, to stand before them as an equal, without any masks, privilege, without any authority other than love and respect. And love will help you persevere in spite of the disappointments and the failures and the lack of honesty that we have to deal with almost every day.
Jesus knew the power of stories. And he changed so many lives. Do you really want to change things? Tell a story!
Corpus Christi – You got the picture but did you get the message?
Our ability to go and do likewise in imitation of Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet is the “criterion by which the authenticity of our Eucharistic celebrations is judged.”
On Pentecost, they received the gift of God’s Spirit and they realized they had a mission to accomplish. Pentecost changed them… but not fully. As we have seen in the readings of the Acts of the Apostles they still had a lot to learn about their mission.
Some forgotten truths about Vincent and first steps in reclaiming.