November 15th is the World Day of the Poor. Let us all reflect on how we use this day as a new beginning, with the ray of hope we have been waiting for and forget our differences and come together as one family.
A Canadian View: The Times They Are A-Changing
by Jim Paddon | Nov 5, 2020 | Formation, Reflections
When I hear or read the lyrics to this song I recall the words of Frederic Ozanam in Paris of the 1830’s when he warned us about the growing gap between those with so much and those with so little.
A Canadian View: An Indigenous Vision for All – Crazy Horse
by Jim Paddon | Oct 22, 2020 | Formation, Reflections
I’m sure many of us have heard of the great Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse who took part in the infamous Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876 where Gen. Custer was defeated and killed. I’d like to tell you more about Crazy Horse.
A Canadian View: Refugees in Canada
by Jim Paddon | Feb 22, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
We welcome Vincentian Jim Paddon as our latest contributor to the .famvin English site. He will be writing reflections for us twice a month on Thursday afternoons. You can read a little bit about him after his reflection. Thank you Jim! I would like to provide...
A Canadian View: Barriers and Bridges
by Jim Paddon | Feb 8, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
We welcome Vincentian Jim Paddon as our latest contributor to the .famvin English site. He will be writing reflections for us twice a month on Thursday afternoons. You can read a little bit about him after his reflection. Thank you Jim! There has certainly been...
SCIC Honored By Development and Peace – Caritas Canada
by Sr. Roma De Robertis | Dec 19, 2017 | News
SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick – Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) received a certificate of honor from Development and Peace – Caritas Canada on Nov. 29 in Carmel Chapel. Sister Mary Beth McCurdy, congregational leader (photo, center) received the...
The Laborers in the Vineyard…Matthew 20:1-16
by Jim Paddon | Dec 18, 2017 | Formation, Reflections
Dear fellow Vincentians: The parable of the labourers in the vineyard is certainly one that raises some issues which would be very much part of today`s world. Can you imagine how many of us would react if we worked hard all day for our wages and then saw our employer...
Reconciliation and Vincentians
by Jim Paddon, SSVP Social Justice Chair | Dec 8, 2017 | Formation, Reflections
I was able to watch and listen to Prime Minister Trudeau’s very sincere and humble apology to the Innu people which was followed by the equally emotional acceptance by Toby Abed of the residential school survivors. As I listened and shared a tear with these two men, I...
Four Brief Reflections
by Lynn L'Heureux | Oct 30, 2017 | Formation, Reflections
Service in Hope – “I am among you as one who serves.” (Lk. 22:27) “There is no better way to insure our eternal happiness than to live and die in the service of the poor, within the arms of Providence and, and in a real renunciation of ourselves by following Jesus...
Vincentian Spirituality and more
by Lynn L'Heureux | Oct 9, 2017 | Formation, Reflections, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Vincentian Spirituality God leads us into the midst of the world and God waits for us among the poor. Christ invites us to participate in the mission and He sits with us in prayer. Christ enables us to be charitable. The theme is as a reflection to me and is...
by Lynn L'Heureux | Oct 2, 2017 | Formation, Reflections, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Welcoming the Stranger - I attended a Syrian Refugee workshop presented by my Diocese. It gave me us a better understanding of how we can be present to them. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. This statement from Matthew is one we follow willingly and lovingly in...
Vincentians Learn from Scripture
by Lynn L'Heureux | Sep 18, 2017 | Formation, Reflections, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Vincentians Learn from Scripture - Vincentians are Loving Servants - Vincentians Show Others the Way Vincentian Learn from Scripture “Oh! How beautiful and consoling. It is not easy, but if we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It...