J. Patrick Murphy

How Much Can We Learn from Vincent to Make a Difference Today?

Last January J. Patrick Murphy, CM presented me with a pre-publication copy of a little book he had just completed - "Mr. Vincent" - which you can download here. He wrote "My purpose here is to show in a few pages how much Vincent accomplished and how much we can...

Why Bother About a Man who Lived 400 Years Ago?

Why bother about a man who lived 400 years ago? Why are so many people all over the world on fire with passion to follow in his footsteps? As we approach another celebration of the feast of St. Vincent it seems fitting to look at these two questions raised in J....

Am I Open to Be Mentored?

“Am I ready to be mentored?” Or am I too comfortable in my present stage of growth?

Ever Written Something You Have Regretted?

Even Vincent regretted things he had written! Much ink has been spilled over whether Vincent was really captured by pirates as a young man. There was a period in his life that we know little about… and St. Vincent adamantly did not wish anyone to know about it. At...
Why Bother About a Man who Lived 400 Years Ago?

Vincent Could Tell a Good Story

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...

Why Bother About a Man who Lived 400 Years Ago?

Doing the Next Right Thing

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....

Why Bother About a Man who Lived 400 Years Ago?

Vincent – balancing basics

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...