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A Vincentian View: Joseph and Listening

In the current time with all our issues, St. Joseph can stand forth to teach us as a just man, as a worker and family man, as an obedient believer, and as a quiet person with an ability to listen.

A Vincentian View: The Whole Story

My friends, the whole story during this holy season invites us to strengthen our faith within our closest community and to express it in the widest world. 

A Vincentian View: And this will be a sign for you…

This year something different in the Christmas readings captured my prayer and attention.  Perhaps it suggests the times and the disposition of my mind and heart. 

A Vincentian View: A Season of Yes

We can recognize the effort and success that people of good will exert to move us beyond the moment and onto the right track.

A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family

A Vincentian View: Beauty and the Beast

A Vincentian View: Beauty and the Beast As a child, like most of you, I heard and read the story of “Beauty and the Beast” many times. As an adult, I saw the animated Disney Movie (with Angela Lansbury beautifully singing the title song) and a Broadway version. Now,...

A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family

A Vincentian View: The Truth

A Vincentian View: The Truth Last year at this time, I was on vacation and that proves true in this year as well. Last year, I wrote an essay about the Olympics and the political campaign which were both taking place at that time. My theme centered on “giving your...

A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family

A Vincentian View: Apostolorum Apostola

A Vincentian View: Apostolorum Apostola This past Saturday, for the second time, the Church celebrated the “Feast of Mary Magdalene.”  One year ago, in June 2016, the Congregation for Worship elevated her memorial to a feast in the decree "Apostolorum Apostola,"...

A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family

A Vincentian View: The Childlike

A Vincentian View: The Childlike Some time ago I read a quotation from William Makepeace Thackeray and its truth holds a firm place in my mind:  “‘Mother’ is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."  Whenever I am around small children—whether in...

A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family

A Vincentian View: The Paraclete

A Vincentian View: The Paraclete Usually when I consider the word “Paraclete,” I think of “advocate” or “intercessor” or “counselor” or some such term.  “Paraclete” is, of course, one of the ways in which we often refer to the Holy Spirit.  As we approach the...

A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family

A Vincentian View: Seeing and Believing

A Vincentian View: Seeing and Believing Two words seem to emerge regularly in our Gospel readings of the Easter Season: one word is “seeing” and the other is “believing.”  I think these powerful words go together as we think about the way in which we express and grow...

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