Reflections

A Vincentian View: Ordinary Time

Our liturgical year has again arrived at its longest season.  After the preparation of Advent draws us into the joyful celebration of Christmas, we move to “ordinary time” until Lent leads us into the Easter Season and Pentecost.

A Vincentian View: Look Inside and Outside

The flow of our celebrations in these weeks invite us to a place in the middle. Two feasts attract our attention and border out reflections.

A Vincentian View: A Message for the Baptist

Are you surprised when John sends some of his disciples to Jesus to ask him who he is?

A Vincentian View: A Vincentian Crèche

An invitation from the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy asked me to create a reflection for their digital Advent + Christmas crèche calendar for 2022

A Vincentian View: Apostolorum Apostola

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: The Childlike

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: The Paraclete

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: Seeing and Believing

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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