Consecrated Life

A Sight For Sore Eyes

An environment of survival withers the hearts of our elderly, taking away their ability to dream. In this way, it cripples the prophecy that our young are called to proclaim and work to achieve.

Consecrated Life and Humanitarian Crisis of Migrants/Refugees in the 21st Century

100 people coming from various countries and religious congregations have joined together in Rome from 22nd to the 25th of February to reflect on the role of Consecrated Life in the humanitarian crisis of millions of migrant/refugee men and women in the world today....

Fr. Patrick Griffin – Be Happy

"Be Happy" is the theme of this week's reflection by Father Patrick Griffin in his series Considering Consecrated Life Although we have moved on culturally, liturgically we remain in the Christmas Season. In these next days, rarely will you or I wish someone a “Merry...

An Open Door Policy – Fr. Pat Griffin

“An Open Door Policy” Considering Consecrated Life:  The images and symbols surrounding the Holy Year of Mercy make my head swim with content and possibility.  When my brain slows down, three favored images emerge at this point in my reflection.  All of them have a...
Griffin “The Director’s Chair”

Griffin “The Director’s Chair”

Pat Griffin CM continues his series on Consecrated Life with this reflection on the Director's Chair. Recently, I took on a new role at St. John’s University. I have assumed the primary responsibility for the Vincentian Center for Church and Society (VCCS). With that...

Solidarity – Fr. Pat Griffin

Solidarity – Fr. Pat Griffin

Father Patrick Griffin CM reflects on “Solidarity” in his series devoted to Considering Consecrated Life In my last essay, I wrote about “blame” as it arises in the story of Aaron and the golden calf (Exod 32: 1-24).  This week, let me deal with an attitude which...

“Blame”  Fr. Patrick Griffin

“Blame” Fr. Patrick Griffin

“Blame” - Fr. Patrick Griffin continues his series "Considering Consecrated Life" Certain stories in our Bible contain lines which seem unexpected and unusual.  When I recognize one of these stories being read, I pay more attention to hear that particular line.  A...

Father Pat Griffin on costumes

Knowing Vincent

“Knowing Vincent” is the latest reflection in Father Patrick Griffin's series on Considering Consecrated Life. In the past month, I have been in a number of places where a particular presence has caught my eye. I have noticed on many shelves the fourteen volumes of...

“One Heart” – Patrick Griffin CM

“One Heart” – Patrick Griffin CM

Patrick Griffin CM continues his series on Considering Consecrated Life with this reflection on  “One Heart”  “We have only one heart. . .” (Laudato Si’, Pope Francis, 24 May 2015, 92) Laudato Si’ has challenged me both to meditate and to learn. I find myself...

Father Pat Griffin on costumes

Baffled – Pat Griffin

“Baffled”  -  Pat Griffin continues his series "Considering Consecrated Life" You know how it is when you have a birthday party for a child. The room can overflow with balloons bobbing up from the chairs, streamers hanging from the ceiling, colorful centerpieces...