Bishop José Ignacio Munilla Aguirre knows first-hand the challenge of evangelizing young men and women. He was not...
Saturday Study Hall
Judging those who are poor
by John Freund, CM | Jul 11, 2014 | Formation
Judging those who are poor! Websites abound with discussions that imply judgments about those who are poor. What is Vincent’s perspective on judging those who are poor.
“The dream” and the Ladies of Charity
by John Freund, CM | Jun 27, 2014 | Formation, International Association of Charities - Ladies of Charity
Catherine Harkins, the first Lady of Charity in the USA, had a vivid dream of St. Vincent walking through snow-covered streets and gathering neglected children under his cloak.
Sacred Heart – Spirituality of Vincent and Louise
by John Freund, CM | Jun 20, 2014 | Formation, Spirituality and Spiritual Practice
“For Vincent, the heart of Jesus was the source of missionary zeal. For Louise, it was the font of a burning charity that was both affective and effective.”
Vincent on the Trinity and Corpus Christi
by John Freund, CM | Jun 13, 2014 | Formation, Spirituality and Spiritual Practice
Former Superior General Robert Maloney offered the following insights on Vincent on the Trinity and Corpus Christi. As we approach a "trinity" of celebrations which includes Father's Day in the USA we offer the following as the topic for reflection in the series...
D-Day – Perspectives from the Vincentian Tradition
by John Freund, CM | Jun 6, 2014 | Formation
On this 70th anniversary of D-Day it seems fitting to repost an earlier offering from the series Saturday Study Hall - "Vincent and Peace Today" Ukraine, Crimea, Syria, Palestine - our eyes glaze over... or shut in horror. We long for peace but it seems to many to be...
Shadow side of the Vincentian Charism
by John Freund, CM | May 30, 2014 | Formation
The "shadow side" refers to an area where little light falls. It is often used to refer to aspects of ourselves which we often are not aware of or reflect on. Fr. John Prager, CM on the difficulties many serving those who live on the margins face but rarely reflect...
Do you know poor people? Christ?
by John Freund, CM | May 23, 2014 | Formation
"The great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor." — Shane Claiborne Paraphrasing Roman 10:14 How can we encounter Christ in the poor if we do not know them? Vincent certainly...
Tell me what you pray for – I will tell you who you are.
by John Freund, CM | May 16, 2014 | Formation
What did Louise pray for? Who do we pray for? What does this say about us?
Saturday Study Hall – Vincentians and Marian Spirituality
by John Freund, CM | May 2, 2014 | Formation
Several branches of the Vincentian Family trace their origin to the apparitions of the Virgin to Catherine Laboure: the Vincentian Marian Youth Association, the Miraculous Medal Association and other groups that have arisen from these branches. Frederic Ozanam...
Saturday Study Hall – Vincent and Peace Today
by John Freund, CM | Apr 25, 2014 | Formation
Ukraine, Crimea, Syria, Palestine – our eyes glaze over… or shut in horror. We long for peace but it seems to many to be further away than ever in recent years.
Saturday Study Hall – “Love creative unto infinity”
by John Freund, CM | Apr 18, 2014 | Formation
Within our Vincentian Family, we often cite the saying of St. Vincent: “Love is creative even to infinity” as a sort of rallying cry for adaptation. But do we understand Vincent's use of the phrase? Robert Maloney CM writes... "Ordinarily, we use this citation to...