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A Vincentian View: A Time for Retreat

One of the Pilgrimage Festivals of Judaism is Shavuot.  It translates into English as “weeks’ and thus is sometimes called the “Feast of Weeks” as it marks the seven weeks (the “week of weeks”) between Passover and the feast. In Greek (and English), the translation...

A Vincentian View: The Good Shepherd

In the 23rd Psalm, the psalmist proclaims, “My shepherd is the Lord.”  I imagine that when Jesus prayed these words, he found a depiction of himself.

A Vincentian View: Recognizing the Lord

Each year during the Easter Season, I find myself fascinated by the idea that the friends of Jesus do not recognize him in the resurrected form. 

A Vincentian View: The Company of Strangers

Some years ago, I read a piece that discussed how much the modern world depends upon the work of strangers for its survival and wellbeing. 

A Vincentian View: Blessed are the Poor

A Vincentian View: Family Gatherings

In the past two weeks, I have been to two important family events. One, a wedding in Milwaukee, enabled me to be surrounded by my brothers and sisters and their spouses for a few days.  It was wonderful to be together and talk about our parents and their children. I...

A Vincentian View: Blessed are the Poor

A Vincentian View: In-Between Times

Vincentian View: In-Between Times We sometimes refer to that period which is sandwiched between two events as an “in-between” time. The occurrences which flank this interval often provide its character and purpose.  The unifying force of the interlude draws the two...

A Vincentian View: Blessed are the Poor

A Vincentian View: The Smell

Vincentian View: “The Smell” All of us have heard the by-now famous statement of Pope Francis at a Chrism Mass where he told the gathered priests “Be shepherds with the smell of the sheep.”  To render “smell” as “scent” compromises the intent.  The earthy...

A Vincentian View: Blessed are the Poor

A Vincentian View: Promises

Vincentian View: “Promises” I have been thinking about promises. On Easter Sunday, I joined with a Christian community in renewing my baptismal promises.  I am sure that many of you did as well.  I rejected Satan and his empty promises, and I confessed my belief in...

A Vincentian View: Blessed are the Poor

A Vincentian View: Peace Be With You

Vincentian View: “Peace be with you” If you have gotten messages from me, you will see that I most often finish my notes with “Peace” or “Peace in the Risen Lord” or some such variation on “peace.”  Many people may feel that it is a left over from my hippie-days and...

A Vincentian View: Blessed are the Poor

A Vincentian View: “Your Paul”

Vincentian View: “Your Paul” At different times, many of us have probably considered the difference between: (a) reading a story and then seeing the movie; and (b) seeing the movie and then reading the story.  I am sure that I saw the Sherlock Holmes movies before I...

A Vincentian View: Blessed are the Poor

A Vincentian View: Founder’s Week

Vincentian View: "Founder's Week" In my day job, I am the Executive Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society (VCCS) at St. John’s University. That sounds pretty impressive and it does fill up a business card. In my office, I have a terrific Executive...

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