The hardships of war emptied out the homes of the poor in Vincent’s day. How will we work for those driven from their homes today?
What Can an Arcade Game Teach Us About Ministry?
by John Freund, CM | Oct 9, 2019 | Formation, Reflections, Systemic change
Whack-a-mole has become something of a metaphor for a recurring problem that one never seems to get ahead of. How do we address recurring problems?
Getting Lost In the Details of Imitating Christ
by John Freund, CM | Oct 4, 2019 | Formation, Reflections
Vincent imitated Christ by seeking what Jesus sought… to be Good News to the poor and marginalized.
St. Vincent – Councilor to the powerful
by John Freund, CM | Aug 25, 2015 | Formation
It was not by preference that St. Vincent found himself as councilor to the powerful. Fr. Richard J. Kehoe C.M. offers perspectives on what happened in his reflection "St. Vincent de Paul - A Royal Councilor". By preference Vincent de Paul devoted himself to the...
St. Vincent and human trafficking
by John Freund, CM | Aug 17, 2015 | Formation, Justice and Peace, Reflections
The slave trade is not a thing of the past. It is simply once again coming out of the shadows. Today we are beginning to hear a lot about trafficking, especially about sex trafficking. Pope Francis draws attention to it in his 2015 World Day of Peace message. Human...
5 Faces of Vincent de Paul (includes text)
by John Freund, CM | Aug 6, 2015 | Formation, Spirituality and Spiritual Practice
5 Faces of St. Vincent de Paul - which one do you know best? Missionary… witness… formator… inventive… contemplative… active… prayerful… gentle… compassionate… these are some of the words used to describe St. Vincent de Paul.Fr. Maloney writes... Vincent de Paul lived...
How St. Vincent’s spiritual vision evolved (Video)
by John Freund, CM | Aug 4, 2015 | Formation
How St. Vincent's Spiritual Vision Evolved - Sometimes we think that saints emerge fully formed… but that is not the case. "Vincent’s spiritual vision was broadened with the passage of time and his direct knowledge of the different forms of poverty was also amplified....
Dreams in the Vincentian Family
by John Freund, CM | Jul 19, 2015 | International Association of Charities - Ladies of Charity, Vincentian Family
Alice Duhne was recently elected as President of the AIC International (Ladies of Charity in the USA). The following is a reflection on Dreams in the Vincentian Family that she and Sr. Carolina Flores shared internationally last December as part of their « Let us be...
A Daughter of Charity reflects on simplicity
by John Freund, CM | Jul 14, 2015 | Formation, Reflections
SIMPLICITY AND LIFE’S JOURNEY Essay on_Simplicity by Sister Thérèse Haywood DC, Province of Australia Simplicity comes from the Latin roots sine (without) and caries (decay), or sine and cero (to smear or coat). Therefore we gain the understanding of simplicity as...
“Write to me” Reflection by Fr. Pat Griffin
by John Freund, CM | Jun 15, 2015 | Formation, Reflections
I imagine the Lord God holding out an invitation: Write to me. Pen and paper are not the absolute needs, but the desire to speak fluently and to allow my heart to be revealed.
Vincent on the Trinity and Corpus Christi
by John Freund, CM | Jun 7, 2015 | Formation, Spirituality and Spiritual Practice
“(Vincent) often spoke of the mystery of the Trinity to the Vincentians and Daughters. In an article “As friends who love one another deeply – reflections on community living yesterday and today” Father Robert Maloney shares his reflections.
Pope – Jesuit? Franciscan? Vincentian?
by John Freund, CM | Apr 30, 2015 | News
“Christians could kneel in veneration when a poor person enters the church.”