Why bother about a man who lived 400 years ago? Why are so many people all over the world on fire with passion to...
J. Patrick Murphy
Am I Open to Be Mentored?
by John Freund, CM | Sep 17, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
“Am I ready to be mentored?” Or am I too comfortable in my present stage of growth?
Ever Written Something You Have Regretted?
by John Freund, CM | Sep 10, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
Even Vincent regretted things he had written! Much ink has been spilled over whether Vincent was really captured by...
Take Care of your Co-Workers
by John Freund, CM | Sep 3, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
Take care of your people; celebrate small successes.
Collaboration Between Two Exceptional People
by John Freund, CM | Aug 27, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
J. Patrick Murphy reminds us in his booklet Mr. Vincent of the collaboration of two exceptional people - Vincent and Louise. In Louise de Marillac Vincent found the perfect partner to build his business model and bring about change that shocked the world. Louise, like...
Vincent Could Tell a Good Story
by John Freund, CM | Aug 20, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
J. Patrick Murphy, CM writes of Mr. Vincent that he had a feisty temper, was a good mimic, could tell a good story, and was charming to women. He proposes the following Lesson "Know your gifts, strengths and limits - then leverage them." On March 28, 1659, a year and...
Navigating the Realities of the Business World
by John Freund, CM | Aug 13, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
In the world of institutional ministries such as hospitals and educational institutions, I often hear the maxim “No margin, no mission.” It express a tension faced by many ministries trying to navigate the realities of the business world, often described as "the real...
Doing the Next Right Thing
by John Freund, CM | Aug 6, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
Vincent did so much by doing the next right thing. J. Patrick Murphy writes in Mr. Vincent... Historians describe the climate during Vincent's lifetime as the little ice age. Half the crops failed; starvation was rampant; the number of poor increased exponentially....
Pay attention to your experiences!
by John Freund, CM | Jul 30, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
In my years as a bishop, I have learned one thing. Nothing is more beautiful than seeing the enthusiasm, dedication, zeal and energy with which so many young people live their lives
Vincent, Frederic, the Dreams of Youth and WYD
by John Freund, CM | Jul 23, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
A question for us is what can we do to nourish those dreams in our Vincentian Youth and help them channel their energy.
GO To Where The Need Is
by John Freund, CM | Jul 16, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
Do I actively seek and welcome all to the table?
Vincent – balancing basics
by John Freund, CM | Jul 9, 2016 | Formation, Reflections
After 50 years of priesthood I still struggle with the issues of balancing basics. Having been ordained in 1965 I was quickly exposed to a spirit of activism. I remember being very caught up with the concept of “leaving God for God.” After all, Vincent expressed that...