vincentian spirituality

Solidarity – in Life, Death, and New Life (Mark 14:1-15:47)

A remark I once overheard: “I don’t mind suffering when nobody knows about it – as long as somebody knows about it!”

Forming a community that shows the Lord’s love for all

A presentation about Vincentian Spirituality.

John 3:16 – Read It!

If you’ve watched any sports events over the last decades, you’ve seen banners held high, calling attention to a famous passage in John’s Gospel.

 A Closer Walk (John 2:13-25)

Early in St. John’s gospel, we see Jesus resolutely striding into the outer courtyard of the Jerusalem Temple, a space bordering on what the Jewish people acknowledged to be God’s own Dwelling place.

Taking In (Nehemiah 8; I Corinthians 12; Luke 4: 18-21)

On Not Shutting Down

I know two young men who were given a set of CD’s of the greats in classical music. Neither of them ever listened to nor had any appreciation for this kind of track. The one said, “This stuff is boring and even hard on my ears. I’ll humor my uncle who gave them to me,...

Taking In (Nehemiah 8; I Corinthians 12; Luke 4: 18-21)

Living in a Time of Extremes

To us who live in a time when extremes on the left and right of the spectrum seem glaring, St. Paul comes with this counsel for keeping on course. “Do not conform yourselves to this age. But be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” To paraphrase him, “There are...

Taking In (Nehemiah 8; I Corinthians 12; Luke 4: 18-21)

The 400th Anniversary of Our Charism

A paraphrase of the opening line today from Isaiah reads: “How beautiful are the feet of the one who brings glad tidings, announces peace, carries good news, tells us that our salvation is here and now, and does all this by a life-changing proclamation. And that is,...

Taking In (Nehemiah 8; I Corinthians 12; Luke 4: 18-21)

What Kind of God?

What Kind of God? (Wisdom 12:13-16; Psalm 135) I ask you to think of a particular boss in one of the jobs you’ve had over the years and also to recall the different ways in which you felt that boss regarded you. Did you feel he or she was indifferent to you, was...

Taking In (Nehemiah 8; I Corinthians 12; Luke 4: 18-21)

Expecting and Seeing

Expecting and Seeing (Matthew 13:13) Some time ago I went to see a touring art exhibit featuring Monet’s water lilies. Laid out in three big murals that were hung together, it wrapped around the room to give the visitor a sense of being right there at the pond’s edge....

Taking In (Nehemiah 8; I Corinthians 12; Luke 4: 18-21)

The Vincentian Witness

The Vincentian Witness Not that God needs it, but in today's culture do you ever get the urge to stand up for God? A spiritual writer recounted a conversation with a college friend after not seeing him for years. After catching up, the friend told him he had heard the...

Taking In (Nehemiah 8; I Corinthians 12; Luke 4: 18-21)

Vincent’s Praying-Acting Cycle

Vincent’s Praying-Acting Cycle Years ago I heard Fr. Robert Maloney say something about St. Vincent de Paul I never forgot. “Hardly have I ever read somebody who could come down on one side of an issue and then 50 pages later say something the exact opposite.” And...

Taking In (Nehemiah 8; I Corinthians 12; Luke 4: 18-21)

To Be A Gospel Sign

To Be A Gospel Sign (John 6:30) In John’s gospel, the crowd in Capernaum asks Jesus, “What sign can you do for us?” To catch the full meaning here, it’s important to know John’s special use of the word ‘sign.’ He doesn’t mean it in the ordinary sense of one thing that...

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