Listening to “A Daring Prudence,” Fr. Robert Maloney’s overview of the development of the Vincentian Family, evoked metaphors from photography.
Formation: systemic change analysis
The following reflection was written by Jim Claffey during the last election cycle in the US. Just change the candidates’ names for today.
Doctors need to treat that appendix. But that appendix is not something in a laboratory dish. It is part of the many systems we call a person. And that person is part of many other systems.
Would any of these skills help you serve people in need more effectively?
Yes, stories are wonderful for capturing attention. But I also learned that stories often just capture a moment in time. Narratives are about a movement over time and speak to our worldview. To that degree, they engage and motivate us.
Transportation projects are managing not only commuting and congestion, but also broader social issues like job access and even infant mortality. It can be done. Justly. Get in on the debate in your local area!
"With sharp political differences, how do we remain unified as Vincentians?" This is a direct quote from the Voice of the Poor portion of the website of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. It raises serious questions for Vincentian Family efforts to serve as the...
People are always looking for the easiest answers to poverty. There are no easy answers. Practitioners of systemic change know this. They know that poverty is a complex problem. There was an critique of one of those "easy answers" published earlier this summer. The...
How did Vincent discover opportunities that turned to systemic change?
The difference between “getting by” resources and “getting ahead” resources
Vincent accomplished so much by simply by seizing the day and doing the next right thing.
"Seeing" calls for "judging." But judging presupposes a lens! “Two men looked out from prison bars, one saw mud, the other stars!” This quote, variously attributed, seems to express that what one sees depends greatly upon one’s mental model and expectations. An...